Support Groups - Friends Around the World #12 - It's off to Scotland for us




happy2bme
06-01-2006, 11:04 PM
It was fun in Canada and for some reason you ladies have decided to keep it in cool places so we're off to the Isle of Barra.

Barra is about 65 miles from Oban (i.e. the mainland) off the west coast of Scotland. It is linked to a smaller island, Vatersay, via a causeway. These are the most southerly inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides. Barra has an area of about 35 square miles. There is a long circular road around the island of about 14 miles (the A888). There is a branch road from Northbay which takes you to the cockle-strand/airfield.

The beaches on Barra are magnificent. From the cottage, it is about a mile walk to Tangusdale which has a lovely beach and a hotel with beautiful views if you go down to the lounge. If you keep walking along the west coast, you will go past Allasdale beach, Seal Bay (where you can sit on the beach and watch the seals on the rocks - they often will swim towards the shore to check you out!), and up to Greian Head where the golf course is and a great headland to sit and watch cormorants, shags and various gulls. There is also a beautiful view of the Uists from here.

Barra geology consists of Lewisian gneiss (metamorphosed granite), the oldest rocks in Britain and some of the oldest in the world (some 2,800 million years old). The centre of Barra is hilly, Heaval being the highest point at 1,260 feet, from which you get beautiful views of the island and the islands to the south (recommend to take the hike - its not a hard walk).

From the house, if you go over the hill you can get to Vatersay via the recently built causeway.

Barra is known as the "Garden of the Hebrides" because of the variety of wild flowers. There are over 1000 flower species on the island which should satisfy us photography and nature lovers alike.

Here's some pictures of this beautiful island (http://www.isleofbarra.com/landscapes.htm) - I've gone ahead and captured a nice sunset for you :lol: Notice the SNOW people - tho right now the temperatures are a high of 56F/12C with rain in the forecast - pretty much what you're used to in the 'Gong right now Shad. At least you can bring along the same woolies. :lol:

We'll be staying at The Northbay House (http://www.barraholidays.co.uk/bandb.html) - a renovated school house overlooking a lovely lake. Show and tell each night with tea on what we found during our daytime hikes. If we run out of room this place looks nice too - FAIRE MHAOLDONAICH (http://www.isleofbarra.com/fm-about.html)

So, do you think we can convince Linus to come over and visit? Who will teach us Gaelic?

Hope you all like the new place. I can't wait to get out and start exploring... All readers, lurkers and would be posters are welcome to come in and join us, we're quite the friendly group.


Meadow
06-02-2006, 12:25 AM
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Ah, Happy me girl, tiss a lovely abode you've chosen. I've hired a piper to welcome the worldly chicks and have chosen a comfy chair and made a nice pot a tea for everyone's arrival ;)


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Tig
06-02-2006, 06:15 AM
I've always wanted to go to Scotland! This is great!! I'm going to go climb on the rocks then is anyone interested in joining me for tea? Thanks, Happy!! And that's me all wrapped up with the bunny slippers, Meadow!


Madcat
06-02-2006, 07:46 AM
Oh, Happy, thank you. This place thrills my chill Northern soul. It's so beautiful! And 28 a night with baking?? Think we can convince them to make that baking low fat? :lol: Or we'll just have to burn the scone calories off scrabbling around the shore each day. A lovely place to commune with the powers that be. Just what we need.

happy2bme
06-02-2006, 08:10 AM
*Yawn, stretch* Mffghhtgg. It's a gorgeous morning. Smell that lovely sea air. The cool dampness makes my old bones ache a bit. What incredible history in this place of Barra.

Loved the piper Meadow. And I secretly covet Tig's bunny slippers. I'm waiting until she goes off for a climb on the rocks and then they're mine :s: :s: :s: :rofl:

And low fat baking? I feel like this place smacks of the old world - as you say, we'll just have to work off the food with some nice hikes around the island.

ceejay52
06-02-2006, 11:12 AM
Scotland is a lovely place and I have always wanted to go there. That's not a bad price for lodging either. I 'll be joining Meadow on the rock climbing excursion. Maybe find some new ones to put into my collection. hmmm. Tig have that pot of tea ready.

Went to the gym yesterday. I've started using lighter weights and will be working up towrds the heavier ones. Completed a 52 minute workout yesterday. I will ride the bike today to make up the differences in the cardio.
I can only do 15 minutes on the treadmill.

I'll see if this will post.

Shad
06-02-2006, 06:06 PM
Morning all,
This place is great Happy, reminds me of my tour to Mull and Iona - also islands out from Oban. There are photos of Oban, Mull and Iona on my webshots site. Nice choice. I have my Scots jumpers and socks all packed and ready to go.
Thats 28 Brit pounds per night - about $75 AusD. Still not a bad price and those British b&b's have to be THE BEST.

I'm going to do a bit of bragging - so if you don't want to hear, then go to the next post.
Yesterday, when I was moaning about staying in the 'Gong for the rest of the session, the project manager came and sat down beside me and said - 'Don't they just love you up in Groote?' Huh?
'They are pratically tearing the walls down and want you back there instead of Andrew (now to be called the Teddy bear or TB - not to be confused with Madcats TB now exTB and new DH).
However, he carried on, it is not negotiable and the have TB.
Apparently they kicked up a stink and wanted me back. When they were told that TB was on his way they decided they wanted the Finance trainer cancelled and me sent back. Not negotiable. My finance stuff is worse than the twits.
I ended up writing to the Project head up in Groote telling them of the TB's better qualifications for the 'Techie bits' that lie ahead and telling them that he will fit the Groote psyche as well as I did, that he is a lovely person but not to be fooled by the cuddly teddy impression, there is a damned good brain under the hair. I was flattered but I wasn't coming back. Eventually they have agreed to the status quo. It does make me feel good - especially so as I always think I am doing worse than I am.
Apparently the thing that made me so popular was the fact that I am quick to grasp the 'site specifics' - that is the way the blokes think, feel and the distress that comes with a new computer system on an already heavy workload and have the ability to express this along with an emphasis on business processes and the need to make some tough decisions in order to make SAP work and earn it's price.

I told the project leader on Groote that I would be using her name on my resume in future :rofl:

The twit is now back in the 'Gong - rested after all his hard labour (he had to take three days to recover) and we had to work together yesterday - which we managed quite satisfactorily. I think he is now setting himself up to put Plant Maintenance and Material Supply on his resume. One day that boy will self destruct.

Meadow I am looking forward to that cuppa when I arrive. Don't drink it all before I arrive. By the time I get there, I will be tired and irritable and will need to chill out. I like the sound of the seaplane landing on the beach airstrip - which gets washed twice a day!!!
Since Tigs nabbed the slippers, I guess I'll have to find my sheepskin mocassins (sp) from days of ould.

Madcat - I don't think low-fat and baking are words in the souls of the B&B cooks. There's the big English breakfast - you won't need lunch after that. And usually a wonderful dinner on those islands. I'm not sure that dinner will be included in the price. Certainly the exercise and fresh air will help to burn the calories.

I see Suzi back in the old place. She will catch up with us soon I think. And Mel too. They will return I am sure.

Meantime, time to start moving these bones. Back to the gym today and tomorrow. Sore bones Monday.

suzi in auz
06-02-2006, 07:53 PM
I'm here and I found you all!!!
Great news Shad on the compliments, it's so nice to know....yaaay You on standing your ground though!!! :cheer:
Ceejay..you are doing so well with your exercise, you put me to shame.
I love the new avatar too :) very cheery
Ahh...so we are in the land of Scots, kilts and loch ness! Yaay. I have never been to scotland and am going to enjoy this visit!! I'm off for a look at the new surrounds, perhaps a walk in the Glen :)
Love to all and have super weekends

ceejay52
06-03-2006, 09:30 AM
I decided yesterday that I needed a long vacation with out traveling somewhere. Other than going to the gym I've slept most of the week end. The sleep was needed.

Happy--I checked the remember me box. I'll see if that makes a difference.

Shad--Glad your visit to gong is almost fisinished.

Suzi--Glad to see you

Madcat, carla, tig and meadow hello:wave:

I'm not much on doing these so called diets. I've tried the southbeach and have failed. It's back to counting calories--calories in verses calories out for me. I will be using fitday.com to help me count. I'm still going to be using the glycemic pyramid.

Today I'm going to play mechanic and check to see why the lawn mower is on the blitz. I think it just misses me being behind it and giving it some tlc.
I've never had any trouble out of it until the neighbors 12 year old son has been using it. He hasn't been taught the basic mechanics of the lawnmower and all he knows how to do is push and start the mower.

I need to go to the Blyheville super Walmart this morning and over to Lowe's.

MELODY525
06-03-2006, 10:01 AM
:shocksn: :coolsnow: :snowglo: HAPPY ~I COULDN'T SEE THE SNOW PEOPLE! AND I LOOKED AT ALL THE PICS TOO! THIS PLACE IS GORGEOUS AND I IMMEDIATELY FELT REJUVENATED!!(SP) I AM READY TO TOW ANYONE UP TO THE HIGHES POINT!!! THE VIEWS MUST BE SPECTACULAR. THANKS FOR REFRESHING OUR SPIRITS THIS MORNING!! :hug: YOU ATE THE 'MATER WITHJOUT ME!!!:shocksn: WELL....BETTER YPOU THAN THOSE PESKY BIRDS!!!

:snowglo: MEADOW~ GOING TO GET RESTARTED ON "SARAH" THIS WEEKEND. EVERY TIME I TRIED IN THE PAST, I WAS INTERRUPTED. I SAW A RAINBOW ON MONARCH OF THE GLEN AND EVEN ON TV THEY FILL THE SOUL WITH HAPPINESS. JEN AND I LOVE LAURA. SHE ESPECIALLY. WE BOUGHT HUGE STRAWBERRIES AND THEY'RE DIVINE. FROM CALIFORNIA TOO!. I WOULD LOVE TO GET THE "CAMPION" SERIES FROM THE LIBRARY AFTER SARAH. :carrot:

:coolsnow: SHAD~ FINALLY SOME REALLY GREAT RECOGNITION!! MUST FEEL WONDERFUL. AS MUCH AS WE TRY TO TELL YOLU HOW GREAT YOU ARE....I AM SURE IT IS VERY REWARDING TO HEAR IT FROM SOMEONE AT WORK WHERE IT HAS GREATER MEANING. GLAD THEY LET YOU KNOW. ENJOY THE WRMTH OF THE FEELING OF HAVING DONE A JOB WELL!! WE HAVE A LOT OF SAP HEADS HERE BUT NOT THE KIND I THINK YOU WANT! :rofl:

:snowfight: MADCAT~ YOU BIKED TO THE GYM!!! YOU GO GIRL!! :cheer: I MUST SAY I MISSED THAT BIT TILL I READ MEADOW'S POST! LOL GOOD FOR YOU WOMAN!!! MUST BE ALL THAT NEWLYWED GLOW GOING ON!!! HAVE YOU AND DH BEEN REUNITED AT LAST?!?! :?: I FELT LONELY JUST THINKING ABOUT HIM BEING AWAY. TELL HIM NOT TO DO IT AGAIN!! :rollpin: :tantrum:

:snowball1: SUZI~ GOOD TO SEE YOU BACK AGAIN. TRY NOT TO DISAPPEAR ALTOGETHER. GOOD NEWS ABOUT ORLANDO. HOPE YOU WILL ALL ENJOY THE TRIP. MELBOURNE SOUNDED GREAT TOO. LOTS OF TIME TO YOURSELVES AND NEW EXPLORATIONS AS WELL. WELCOME HOME.

:ginger: CEEJAY~ I WAS WONDERING WHY I COULDN'T KEEP A LOG-IN TILL I TOO READ HAPPY'S POST. I WASN'T GETTING ANY NOTICES EITHER. GUESS MY COMPUTER CRASH DID MORE THAN I THOUGHT. YOUR EXERCISING IS GREAT. HOW IS SB PHASE II? I COULDN'T DO PHASE 1 EITHER. MADE ME RAVENOUS FOR CARBS AND ALSO I NEED THE FIBER TO KEEP THINGS "MOVING ALONG". :rofl:
HOPE YOU LIKE THIS PLAN. IF IT WORKS OUT WELL FOR YOU I HAVE THE FIRST COOKBOOK I COULD SEND YOU AS I DON'T USE IT. LET ME KNOW.

:candy: LAST NIGHT'S MEETING WAS A FARCE. THE WEATHER WAS AWFUL. THUNDER AND A HUGE LIGHT SHOW AND DOWNPOUR. :yikes: GOT HOME AFTER 11 PM. SLEPT IN LATE AND MISSED SAYING GOODBYE TO A FRIEND WHO WAS LEAVING FOR VACATION. :( SIGH.
I THINK THIS WEEKEND BETTER BE SORTING OUT THE HOUSE. IT'S STILL A MESS AND NEXT WEEK IS ALL CLUTTERED UP WITH PROMISES. WE CAN'T BOTH BE CLUTTERED AT THE SAME TIME! :rofl: ORGANIZATION IS WHAT WILL GET ME THRU TIS COMING WEEK.
MONDAY IS MALL DAY AND A VISIT FROM JEN AND THE KIDS.
TUESDAY IS FOOD SHOPPING FIRST AND THEN THE ELECTION AND IT ENDS AT 8 PM.
WEDS AND THURS ARE ARTS AND CRAFTS.
JUST IN CASE....I MIGHT NOT BE BACK TILL FRIDAY. I NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR ARMS/& SHOULDERS & EYES. GOING TO TRY FOR MODERATION THIS TIME.
IN THE MEANTIME HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND:SCOOTER:

Roseblush
06-03-2006, 10:36 AM
Wow well done finding this place....it will be so much fun to hike it and explore. I am looking forward to all the sites and sounds and enjoy the good company. Thanks Happy for taking such good care of us!
Good Job Shad, you deserve that and much more. Hope your time there goes fast. Are you really going to TAZ next. FUN!
Mel hope you are feeling good and enjoying the weekend. I had company last weekend and it was somuch fun. It rained a lot but we made the most of it. Went up to a hotsprings and sat in it for about 3 hours sipping port and just letting the light rain fall all around us..... they helped me do a few odd jobs which helps me out.
Well, I am so tired of Brownie not getting me home at night I went ahead an ordered a 150cc scooter today. I am so excited about it and it gets like 60-80 miles to the gallon. IT is a Tank series DE so you can view it online if you want..... it even has a radio and speakers two trunk spaces and can carry two people. So no more being stuck at work at the end of a day....hurrah. And yes I have a good helmet coming with the order too!
I am not doing so well with my 30 minutes a day yet.... I am taking Toby Two down the hill this morning to get Brownie home I hope so that will be a good 2+ miles. IT was Toby's 1st birthday yesterday...what a cutie he is...my company wanted to steal him for sure.
To all of you I want to wish you the best with what ever challenges you are facing and I am so happy you all come here to share your joys and struggles on this thread. It makes my day sometimes to just read about each of your days and thoughts. We do have a special place here.
Well, best put on those walking shoes and head down the mountain.
Love to you all,
Nae

Shad
06-04-2006, 12:52 AM
Afternoon all,

Quick note before I have to repack and buzz off to the airport again for another week of training.

Had breakfast with the family this morning and so haven't got to the gym. I went yesterday and did an hour on the bike, treadmill, weights and pilates. I thought I would be a lot stiffer than I am. So far so good. However I did notice the lack of stamina. Look forward to getting back to it full time.

Ceejay - those plans such as South Beach take a lot of determination and a lot of will power. You really have to be motivated for that first phase. However if you can make it past that phase, you will probably stick to it for life.

Mel, sorry to hear that the elections are proving difficult. But you are right to take some down time. It can only refresh and rejuvenate.

Roseblush - good going on the scooter. Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and get something to replace the troublemaker. I know that I could never put up with an unreliable vehicle any longer since I really rely on that car to get me around. I'm thinking of replacing my one shortly. It will be 3 years old at Christmas. Time for a new one, this will be out of warranty soon.

Suzi, getting excited about Orlando. Well good for you. Nice place to take the family. Hope you can manage to meet up with a couple of the 'chicks' while you are there.

Okay, time to get moving again. I need a drink and a snack and then back into the cleaning routine some more. Bathroom next.

See you from the "Gong next week.

Oh yes, and if you do not hear from Mel for a while, she is resting up after some stroppy and strenuous election days.

MELODY525
06-04-2006, 09:16 AM
I THOUGHT I HAD BETTER POST TODAY. THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE NEXT WEEK SO I'LL BE MISSING FOR A FEW DAYS. MY WEEKEND IS NOT GOING AS PLANNED. LOL
NOTHING NEW WITH THAT. I MADE TUNA NOODLE SALAD AND HAVEN'T HAD THAT IN A LONG TIME. COOKED A LONDON BROIL AND STEAMED RICE AND VEGGIES. THIS WAY WHEN I COME HOME EACH DAY DINNER IS READY AND NOT ONE OF THOSE TV DINNER-TYPES EITHER.
ALL THE CHAIRS ARE CHARGED AND CLOTHES ARE PICKED OUT. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS STAY AWAKE! :rofl:

NAE~ VERY GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE SCOOTER:scooter: CONGRATULATIONS. IS THIS BROWNIE II???? LOL
DO BOTH DOGGIES APPROVE? AND DO THEY FIT IN THE COMPARTMENTS? :rofl: LOTS OF LUCK AND DRIVE SAFELY:HUG: THE HOT SPRINGS AND COMPANY SOUNDED GRAND. :cheer:

SHAD~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE "GONG"!! DARE I ASK WHAT IS NEXT?? :lol3: HOW DID THE WORK DS DID COME OUT?? DID I MISS THE OUTCOME?? OR HAVE YOU NOT SEEN IT ALL YET?? HAVE A GOOD WEEK. AND FOR HEAVENS SAKE...NOW THAT YOU GOT THE COMPLIMENTS, DON'T HURT ANYONME THIS WEEK! :rofl: :rofl:

:wave: TO ALL THE OTHER CHICKS!!! I WILL MOST LIKELY SEE YOU ALL AROUND FRIDAY. GOING TO TRY MODERATION WITH MY ARMS THIS WEEK AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. LOL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AND FOR THOSE WITH GOALS....GOOD LUCK!!! :moped:

ceejay52
06-04-2006, 10:57 AM
Mel--Sounds like you have a good plan and are prepared. I meant to do that this week end but the zzzzzzz's took over. I've been extremely tired.

Shad--I'm on Phase 2 of the South Beach just couldn't do the phase one because of the restriction.

Nae--Glad to see you. Scooters are really economical on gas. I've noticed that one of our crew has been riding one to work.

I'm concentrating on exercise this month. Didn' t go to the gym yesterday nor will I go today. These are my rest day's for the weights. However, I did ride the bike for 5 miles yesterday and will probably do so again today after work. I've been having trouble rolling out of bed because of sore abs. All in all the food intake has not been to bad, just a few bad choices.

I found my old folder from when I went to the weight loss center. It's basically the same as the cholesterol diet that I was on once before and is very simple to follow. The menu is planned for you all I'd have to do is prepare it.

happy2bme
06-04-2006, 12:43 PM
Hello everyone,

It's turning out to be a very busy weekend. I had to work until after 9pm on Friday - problems with month end processing. Yesterday was filled with deep cleaning the house, a trip to the bookstore and home improvement center along with weekend chores. Today is laundry, more cleaning and I hope to get a swim in the pool once the full on sun hits the area since it's a little "cooler" today - only in the low 80s.

I love June. It means my family is coming to visit at the end of the month. Mom's coming early - she'll be here in less than 2 weeks so it's time to get the house in order again. I also picked up a new book - Superfoods RX that looks very interesting. If you're going to eat, might as well eat the stuff that gives you the most bang for your calories. Still experimenting with the juicer and my smoothie recipe book. This morning we had a slush made from fresh strawberries, red grapes and pitted cherries - pitting them wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but I'm still going to get a cherry stoner. It was good -tart but very refreshing and I got my fruit for the day. I'm starting to realize just how much sugar they add into processed juice drinks. Yesterday we had a smoothie made from peaches, bananas and strawberries. Just fruit, some crushed ice and a bit of water if it gets too thick and binds down the blender. I can just feel all the vitamins and antioxidants flowing through the body. And unlike regular bottled juices, it doesn't set you on a sugar rush.

Lunch today is grilled portabella and gouda burgers - bacon cheddar for DH along with some nice cool watermelon. Wunnerful, wunnerful.

Back to the housework for now, will catch up with y'all this eveining. Enjoy your Sunday.

Shad
06-05-2006, 01:07 AM
Sitting here bored as all can be. No training today, instead I have got lumbered with a manual for PM reporting. Boring!!!!!

However they will have to be able to do it, so I will do the best I can in the limited time available - like hey, you've got no training Monday and Thursday, review this 126 slide power point and sort out some sort of manual for them to look at and do. You can delete some of the slides and oh by the way this is what you will be training at the end of the month. Oh and yes before you start that, can you take a look at this for me? Oh and.........

That's my job I guess.

Hope all is going well out there.
Can't reply to everyone - not that everyone is here anyway. Where is that Painterwoman???
Oh that's right it is still the weekend in other parts of the world. Oh well have a good one. I'd better get on with it.

Tig
06-05-2006, 07:03 AM
Challenged finished. :carrot: I definitely broke my sugar fixation and don't miss it a bit. I don't see me going back to it at all. Thanks, Happy. It's gotten really hot so I'm not going to be keeping up with 20 minutes of running every day. I'll do what I can, though! Good challenge!

happy2bme
06-05-2006, 08:27 AM
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: Congratulations Tig!!! :cb: :cb: :cb: and a little bit of this :bravo: :cp: :twirly: :cheer: That is WONDERFUL that you have stuck with and completed your challenge. Glad that it took you to another, better, step in your life! So the heat is heading your way, is it?

Shad, does not sound like it's a "hit the bricks dancing" oh I'm so excited to be here kind of day, is it? But you will sort it out. :write: Congrats on the nice kudos you got the other day. Not too often that a place will take the time to tell you they thought you are fantastic. May you never cross paths with the twit again.

Ceejay so will you be switching eating plans over from South Beach to the plan you just came across? Looks like some storms just kissed your side of town this weekend.

Good heaven, a whole week WITHOUT Mel? It sounds tho as if you are well organized and ready to face a very busy week. Don't forget to enjoy yourself a bit and be mindful of overstressing those arms. Hurry back! I didn't understand your remark "I didn't see the snow people" but then I realized it was the way I wrote it. There's no snow people - it was more look at the (picture of the ) SNOW (all you) PEOPLE! :rofl: Don't mind me, I know what I'm thinking, I don't always convey it.

Nae, I was finally able to connect up with the eagle cam. It really is something special to watch. A friend of ours let us use her summer cabin up in Wisconsin. It's a popular place for eagles roosting. We had some great shots of the adults but nothing compares to being able to watch these fledglings. Thanks for sharing this with us :hug: A new scooter - that sounds like fun! What will you do in the winter tho? I take it that this is all open like a motorbike. Would be a mighty cold ride even in the fall? Or is this your option for half the year?

Suzi, glad you were able to catch up with us. Is everything all planned for your trip to Florida? When are you going?

How was your weekend Madcat?

Mine went too fast as it always does. Seems like I didn't get near as much done as I wanted to. But I just keep plugging away, a bit here, a bit there and eventually it all gets done THEN IT'S TIME TO DO IT ALL AGAIN :( :lol3:

Off to earn a living now... to the missing ones - come out, come out whereever you are :mag:

ceejay52
06-05-2006, 02:30 PM
I forgot to log out of this sight yesterday. Shame on me.

Happy--I've started the diet that I was on a couple of years ago. It's very simple to follow. I didn't do the eggs this morning however and chose another protein that has less cholesterol. My nephew is really into making smoothies. It is an easy way to get the fruits or veggies in for the day,

Poor Shad -Slaving away on the manual. Good luck.

Tig--Congratulations on breaking the sugar habit.

Not much going on today except the Scada system finally gave up the ghost.
Yipee is all I can say on that. It's been a pain since day one.

Meadow
06-05-2006, 03:05 PM
I twisted my knee somehow going up/down the stairs. So I haven't exercised. Feels better today, just a twinge going up the stairs. I managed to not get bogged down in carbs, so I'm doing alright on the eating. Trying to get more fruit. Not talk down to myself. Not be an all or nothing eater/exerciser. I do a bit, think a bit, do a bit more, think a bit more :bubbles: Chatelaine magazine had a nice little article about willpower this monthhttp://www.chatelaine.com/health/article.jsp?content=20060510_132751_2660


Happy-oh luck you! Your mom is coming:) I remember the stories from her last visit. I hope you both have a wonderful visit. You are so lucky to still have your mom in your life. Enjoy. Is it legal to work till 9pm? I guess I wouldn't be a very dedicated employee. I always think the stuff can wait till normal working hours :p :chin: The juices you are making sound totally delicious. I need to get some frozen peaches and strawberries, I want a yogurt smoothie:twirly: :yes:

Tig-well done on the challenge!:cheer: :high: May it never take up space on your tongue or hips again! The sugar is a big draw for me. My GoodHost iced tea alone must be laden with a cup per glass, I always find a slurry in the bottom.

Mel-more duties that need your attention! Do you guys down in the US have an election every six months or something? Seems like only a short time ago you were doing something similar. Hail democracy and all its paperwork:smoking: Fingers crossed you get it all sorted smoothly. Don't work too hard, pace yourself and allow things to unfold as they may. You don't have to give personal attention to everyone:^: :spin: :cbg: Don't forget to pack some snacks to keep your energy on an even keel:dance:

Shad-does it feel like your brains are being sucked out doing a manual? I remember doing a very basic one once and racking my brain to remember each step so the uninitiated could follow. *Note, people do not automatically press buttons unless told to:D I hope you got a break to enjoy a wander and get some fresh air. Remember you are the only one who will take care of you:hug:

Ceejay-Death to the Scada system:devil: :carrot: whatever it is;) Glad it has gave up and you are happy:smug:

"Life is reciprocal: The energy you expend always comes back. I know
this for sure. This is true for all things, including your body. You must
nuture it, work it, rest it. If you don't, the energy spent on neglect
will eventually turn on you. It's not personal, just physics." --Oprah
Winfrey
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Madcat
06-05-2006, 10:47 PM
Been busy trying to get the wedding thank you notes. Just got the prints back today… and the photos are too large for the thank you card envelopes!!! Arg! Had a small meltdown until DH started pulling out boxes of stationary and suggested to just go with larger envelopes and use the cards. Good thing I am not a Bridezilla, but it bugs me. Oh well. It's been a month. My goal is to get these things done and mailed by end of this week. 9 down, 24 to go.

Allergy season has hit. I'm itchy and tired most of the time. Did make it to the gym (left work early to go) but workout was lackluster 40 minutes of cardio. Some days we should get points for just going.

Shad~ You have every right to brag! How great to have your worth reconfirmed! Heart-warming, isn't it. PM manual?? Pre-menstruel? Primary mechanism? Project management?

Suzi~ Glad you found your way to the lovely rocky shores.

Ceejay~ Sometimes a weekend of downtime is just what the Dr. ordered. Glad you had a good one. Good luck on your search for the system that will work for you.

Mel ~ Sorry you are having election issues. Do take a moderate approach. Good work on the food preparation. It sounds as if the fewer things to be hassled about this week, the better.

Roseblush~ What lovely sentiments in your post. I agree. Sometimes this is the highlight of my day too. The scooter sounds so fun. I hope you enjoy it. Not only a new vehicle, but a new _fun_ vehicle!

Happy~ How nice that you are looking forward to your family visit. It sounds as if you may have hit on a good idea with the juicer. Funny how many things have sugar in them that we don't even know about. Did you know McD's fries have dextrose in them? Sugar in fries? One more reason to not eat them, I guess. LOL… the punctuation will get 'em every time. My weekend was good. We visted the in-laws (his parents Saturday and my Mom Sunday). The joys of married life! LOL

Tig! Whoo hoo!!! Good going on the challenge.

Meadow~ Oh no, sorry about your knee. Take it easy until it feels better. Ice maybe? Would that help. Thanks for the link to the article. Your comment to Shad is right on. You never go wrong underestimating the confusion of readers.

I think it is bedtime for me.

Shad
06-06-2006, 12:39 AM
PM = Plant Maintenance aka Big Boys Toys. Think big trucks, bulldozers, conveyors, crushers, plumbing. electrical and fixing. Nice try Madcat.

You lot are great. Came here this morning - had about 10 minutes before the class arrived and found Tig has risen to meet the challenge. Well done Tig :balloons: ::woo: :gift: :cheers: :hun:

Meadow has somehow twisted a knee. This does not mean you can not exercise the arms and upper body. Sit in front of the tv lifting cans of baken beans or pasta sauce jars!! Lovely thoughts in that post Meadow.

Happy is having Mum come to visit. DOS - is DH going to have issues again?? Too bad. He will live with it.

Seem to be missing Holly and Suz again - plus Painterwoman and Carla and the Turtle not to mention some others. I spoke to Teel on Saturday while I was home. I actually tried to phone a few others of you as well (those I have numbers for) and you were all out - probably grocery shopping or as in the case of Mel, phone engaged!!!!! Not to worry. I'll get on to it again one day. I have splurges of ringing overseas and do a lot of it once in a while.

Today has been a successful day of training. The smaller class helped. The guys were happy. There have been a few light bulbs turned on. I like it like that. I've dished out a few sweeteners - drink bottles, stickers etc. and they left early, stress free, satisfied and hopefully knowledgeable. A good day.

So now I should go back to the office and struggle with the reporting module once more. Heck I should clone myself. At least one of us would get some rest then!!!:drinkup:

happy2bme
06-06-2006, 08:17 AM
Good morning - going to be a quick post for me, didn't want to get out of bed this morning :yawn:

Meadow - sorry to hear about your knee. Wrap it for support and ice as needed. Feel better soon :hug: Thanks for passing along the interesting article. Did you make that good for you smoothie?

I join her in saying "Buh-bye" Scada system whatever you are - rest in peace :wave: :lol:

Sugar in french fries? Who'd a thought? :chin: No wonder they are so addictive... I know what you mean Madcat about the misalignment between the cards and the photos. Kind of like hot dogs in packages of 8, buns in packages of 10 and things like that. I usually send out a Christmas letter with my cards and have learned the hard way that certain size cards are bad picks. Just keep plugging away and you'll get those cards done.

Shad, DH doesn't have problems with Mum. She knows he's working during the day and she pretty much leaves him be. She called yesterday and chatted on and on - wants me to take her to the library so she can pick up some books to read during the day while I'm working. She was in very good spirits. Are you going to get Friday off as you wanted?

That's it for me at the moment - later peeps....

ceejay52
06-06-2006, 09:55 AM
Morning to all

Not much going on today. Just thought I'd touch base. Did go to the gym last night but came home and pigged out on the new tuscan chicken sandwich from subway and chocolate. Ughhhhhhhh I'm paying for it big time this morning from a sodium overload. The sandwich was extremely good.

happy2bme
06-07-2006, 08:08 AM
It's getting pretty quiet here. You guys must all be off hiking or something :lol:

Of course I really don't have much to say myself. I did pick up the book Super Foods and I'm trying to eat cleaner. Yesterday included wild salmon, grilled red and yellow peppers, green tea and some walnuts on the good food list. Then on the other side of the spectrum I had a bagel with light cream cheese and a couple of french fries with my chicken salad sandwich at lunch. I'm slowly turning the tide in the other direction. I exercised too. It was the first thought that popped in my mind ... well the first after the first usual thoughts like brushing my teeth and other things. So I did a light workout then and there. I'm working on the mindset changes right now.

Ceejay, my DH tried that Tuscan Chicken sandwich on the weekend. I stole a bite and it wasn't bad. It was better than my meatball sandwich. I should have gotten the sweet onion Teryaki like I usually do. I have to admit, I'm not that fond of Subway's sandwiches. We have a local place here that I prefer but my favorite is Quiznos - I think I spelled that wrong. It's that toasty bread I like so much.

I was watching Last Comic Standing on TV yesterday and there was a comic performer named Tig. But she wasn't from Florida so I knew it wasn't our Tig :lol:

Poor DH. He got a tooth filled yesterday. About the time we were cooking dinner the novacaine wore off and he was in alot of pain. It got worse so I told him to call the dentist's office. He did and said they are closed, he'd have to call back in the morning. I said every dentist has an emergency number. So I called the office, sure enough after the message about call back when we're open it said, "if this is an emergency, press 1 and you'll be connected to our answering service." I left a message with them and then came back in the room and said "you have to listen to the WHOLE message". Do guys REALLY think that different than us? I guess so. :dizzy: The dentist on call returned the call about an hour later. DH said it feels like he's biting down on tin/aluminum foil :yikes: The dentist said this was probably a condition whereby the metal materials in the new filling are reacting adversely to the old filling in the next tooth. He said it should work itself out in 24 hours and calm down. I felt bad for him. DH was kind of mad - he said they should have asked first to try and prevent this in the first place. He just got up and said it's a bit better but still uncomfortable. Makes me want to just race to the dentist myself!

Well I have to get a move on. See you later.

Madcat
06-07-2006, 09:35 AM
Ok, Happy has guilted me into posting! I should just make a habit of it – but then life goes and gets in the way. Biked to the gym and had a great workout this morning. It hasn’t happened for a long time but I just felt strong and happy afterwards. I guess the initial start of biking season shock is wearing off – where every cell in my body protests the extra work. I am slowly trying to get the food thing under control. At least I am eating better – though portions are an issue. I drank a litre and a half of water yesterday (with just a dribble of Crystal Light in it)… and darn, I’m up 2 lbs this morning :lol: I know it is probably water gain, but really! Still it felt nice to well-liquided.

Happy~ Your poor DH. Yeah, what is it with mean and their odd brains? It must be an attention span thing. My DH never manages to read more than the first sentence of any instructions (which is ironic considering what I do for a living). They could have at least warned him that this might happen and told him to medicate appropriately. Hope it wears off soon.

Ceejay~ I have a sudden craving for Subway now. I hope you didn’t put the chocolate ON the sandwich. Impromptu mole sauce, maybe?

Shad~ Glad you had a good training day. It’s so nice when you see the little light-bulbs go on over their heads. One of the best feelings in the world! I hope you will be getting some time off soon. A long weekend with nothing to do and no one bugging you might be just the ticket.

I’m assuming life in interfering with everyone else’s presence here? Where, for example is Holly? She’s usually a pretty frequent poster. I know Mel is off wrangling with issues (could that be her new Indian name? Wrangles with Issues? ). I miss everyone else too. Come back! Come back!! Personally I find checking in does help keep me on track. It is time to get moving on this weight loss thing again.

Later ladies. On to the first bottle of water of the day.

ceejay52
06-07-2006, 10:58 AM
morning ladies,

Happy--Where did you purchase the Super Food book? I must add that my favorite sandwich at Subway is the sweet onion chicken teriyaki.

MadCat--Subway does have a very good chocolate chip cookie, but now I by pass them.

For those who are wondering about the Scada system that died this week, it a monitoring system that did the major electrical sub stations and 4 of our major lift stations. The main electrical boss had me to throw a switch one night on that thing on one of the sub stations. Talk about scarey. It would send alarms when something was wrong.

I'm so proud of my niece and her husband. They moved to Atlanta last fall to teach at one of the private schools there. They are closing on their first house in July. I 've just viewed the pictures that she took of the house. It's gorgeous. Guess my next trip after Dallas will be to Atlanta, Georgia.

I'm getting excited about my Kentucky trip. Another niece has 2 babies that will be having birthday's at the end of the month. Some of you may remember me mentioning Eli and Eva.

I've decided that since I have to eat dinner so late that I will be having salad's after my gym work out which will be 4 times a week.

Shad
06-07-2006, 05:17 PM
Morning all,
I really don't know where the days go except that they seem to be getting longer and longer again. I've got tomorrow (Friday) off and Monday is a public holiday (Queens Birthday weekend) so I have a four day break. I'm off to Sydney airport very early tomorrow for a flight home. DS1 and 2 are off to NZ for their fathers birthday party - which they have organised from here with the help of a few friends. So I will catch up on chores, catch up with some friends, pay a few bills and otherwise kick back.

I'm in the office early (6.30am) since I have two manuals to write - one of which is to be delivered next week. That one is fairly easy, it is a PC Skills course (yep we have got down to the good folk who don't know one end of the computer from another). The other is a week or so away which is good since I am training every day for the next week anyway. It's going down to the wire in frantic fashion. We finish here on 30th June. And that also reminds me that I must ring my landlady and discuss things like rent and bonds, inspections etc. with her.

We are getting a bit quiet around here. I presume it is because we are all so busy at the moment.

Last weekend at home I started to put the Groote Eylandt photos on the website. They are not all there yet but you will be informed as soon as it happens. Haven't done much camera work around here lately since it's so cold at night and I'm just too busy.

Tonight is supposed to be the Goodbye GTi party. Many of the trainers are onsites around the joint so there won't be a lot of us there. The consultants have just about all gone. One wonders why they are having a get together now. Aaaah well, might as well go, eat drink and be merry since I have given a fair service to the project. Can't stay late tho'. I have a 7.35am flight out of Sydney in the morning and will have to leave here around 4.30am to make it. Taking some of my stuff home as well.

Happy - good to hear that you are getting organised and into the clean food thing. I will be back to it when I go home. Although I haven't gained much weight while I have been away (haven't lost any either) I haven't been doing the exercise and I can feel the difference.
My sympathies to DH - toothache is the pits. I remember when they put that huge filling in a back tooth and the pain that put me through for some days - when I complained, they re filled it - said that there was some infection in it. The pain continued on and off for weeks. Don't tell the DH that!!!!

Madcat - aaaah the thank you notes. Good luck. Well done for the bike riding and gym work. You'll be a stick insect before you know it.

Ceejay - one of the mines I worked in used the SCADA system to monitor the machinery. It seemed to work alright for them. I don't know much about it so can't tell whether it was a good, bad or indifferent program.

Better go get on with PC Skills. Can't wait - NOT

ceejay52
06-07-2006, 06:39 PM
I'm starting something new tomorrow. I have to be accountable for my food intake, exercise etc. I will be posting it here. If I need to have a prod used on me go for it.

Hollyhock
06-07-2006, 07:26 PM
A quick breeze through. My computer at home was infiltrated by some ugly bug. I am waiting for a techie friend to have some off the clock time to pop over. Life is less busy this week.I acheived presidents club with Avon and had highest sales over last years Campaign 13. I was asked to be in a national dvd and am writing my Avon"story". All this was tempered by another death in the family and a wicked intestinal bug and good all out arguement with hubby and the kids, LOL!!Suffice it to say that they are willingly helping around the house more*grin*.
The kids are reading quietly but my computer tme is up here right now. HUGS!!!

Meadow
06-07-2006, 10:49 PM
The mind transforms words into images. Saying, "I don't want to be fat"
conjures up mental pictures of a fat person, which reinforces the very
thing we're trying to avoid. What are three negative self-images you
want to erase? What positive attributes can replace them? Express each as
a phrase that creates a positive mental picture. Practice one new
phrase a day. At the end of two weeks, can you describe how you feel
differently about your body?

I want to shake my hips like Shakira;)
I will be a size 10:smug:
I eat fruit for energy and vitality:D

carla49
06-07-2006, 11:06 PM
Och, lassies, it's been a long journey to the isle! Stopped off for a quick swim en route in Loch Ness lo these many days ago and was swallowed whole by our Nessie! I would nae ha' minded, but the wee monster had no Internet in her belly... (My apologies for the bad imitation Scottish accent.)

I may not be posting too much for a while - I've got a nasty tendinitis or something in my right wrist (ouch) and shouldn't be typing... Nothing serious, just annoying. Physio will start soon. Meanwhile, I'm now a lurker armed - or should I say wristed? - with a good excuse.

Shad, congrats :bravo: on getting some recognition for all that hard work! Of course all of us here had no doubts about your star status, but it's always nice when the people with the chequebooks clue in too! Shall we start a write-in campaign to get you a big bonus at the end of the project? ;)

Hello to all of you, can't wait for a wee cuppa in the lovely B&B. And a dram of whiskey for those with strong heads...

happy2bme
06-08-2006, 12:52 AM
What bad imitation Scottish accent? I thought that's how you were supposed to talk! :dunno:

Take care of that wrist Carla. I had problems but they actually were caused by an inflamed nerve in the elbow that affected my wrist. Who would have thought? Turns out I had to un-learn leaning on my elbow all the time. That was hard. Hopefully therapy will help. In the interim, we'll give you dispensation on typing. :callme: and we'll type for you :rofl:

Hmmm, 3 good thoughts Meadow? :chin:
1) I am in control of what I eat. Food is neither reward nor punishment.
2) Remember that I DO feel better when I stretch, move and exercise.
3) Every little bit I do today gets me to a better place tomorrow.

Sounds like you've got a busy life there Holly.

Ceejay - do whatever you need to be accountable. Food journaling is good, particularly if you have to admit in public what you ate. You will think twice before misbehaving and remember - you only cheat yourself. You can get the book Superfoods RX Fourteen Foods that will change your life at any bookstore. I got mine at Borders. It's $14.95 I am sending you something in the mail - you can look at it and decide if you want to purchase the book. It's not a diet plan - it's a healthy eating list of foods. I do better with picking and chosing from a list. South Beach recipes were too complicated for me with many ingredients I don't care for - and I really like to cook.

Shad, in the office at 6:30? You have to stop posting these long hours. They will take their toll on you - 10 minutes into your long holiday if you're not careful. :nono: Finish up and get out of there - fast...

Madcat, you mean you actually get to a point on the bike where at the 10 minute mark you no longer pant and think of fainting. There was an old TV series from the 70's called Laugh-In. One of the actors - Arte Johnson would ride a child's tricycle on the set. Within a minute he'd swerve and fall over. That's what I feel like on the bike. Good for you for hitting the gym and getting a good workout.

How are you Mel - not wearing yourself ragged I hope.

Tonight for supper we had grilled pork chops basted with a marinade made of Dijon mustard, fresh apple juice and some brown sugar. I did make Rice-A-Roni because we are all sinners at heart - but I had a small portion. I also tossed together a salad from my Superfoods list - torn baby spinach leaves with romaine lettuce. Sliced fresh strawberries and mandarin oranges. A few chopped walnuts and slivered almonds. Mixed in with a lite Raspberry vinagrette. The fruit in the salad was a nice balance with the pork. I do better if I can look at a list of foods and say ok, I should eat this, this and this and I'll come up with something to incorporate the stuff. And if the food is fresh, unprocessed and simple, even better.

Ah foo, I just realized I was supposed to put the chicken into a marinade for tomorrow. I bought a magazine of grilling recipes and a number of them looked good. But they all say to marinate for 6 hours to overnight so I know that 30 minutes as I'm pulling dinner together will not do. I'll just have to try and remember to do it in the morning. Off to bed now, g'night all.

happy2bme
06-08-2006, 12:53 AM
And I hate this Lamisil adverstisement on the right sidebar. Isn't it time for a new commercial? :lol:

RavenToy
06-08-2006, 10:41 AM
I'm here, I'm here!! Uhm, if anyone cares, that is. I care, but that's because last time I came in and disappeared, and I promised myself this time I wouldn't do that.

So. I'm not doing that.

*blink*

I have NO idea what's going on with everyone. Let's see if I can pick up on some little tidbits.

Happy - ACK! I lean on my elbow, too! Complicated by two compressed disks in my lower back and a deviation from straight in the thoracic region... yeah, tendonitis and numb fingers and all that happy stuff. I really need to see a chirporactor again. OMG that dinner sounds fantastic. I am going to try that one. I don't have an outdoor grill, but I do have the fake on top of the burners doodad. I had a GF, but I wore it out. :p

Carla - Can I use that excuse, too? Was that you I saw in the monster's belly? Did you see me waving? (Sore elbow/wrist and all?) ;)

Shad - As always, I can't even begin to keep up with your travels and projects. But it sounds like you're looking forward to a few days of well earned rest.

I fell off the wagon when the BF came home from vacation. Within a few days I was questioning myself. Why? So I looked hard into my priorities and past and motivations and all that stuff and came to the conclusion that I have GOT to stop dredging up my old habits and putting what I perceive to be his wants and wishes (which they aren't anyway) before my health. Warped, yep. *sigh* So armed with that, I went forward into healthy eating again. Junk is pretty much gone, and I'm happy with that. Much more fish, light meats, veggies, and fruits.

Staying hydrated is an uphill battle during the summers. Working for hours in the 85 degree (plus) heat takes its toll, and it is very hard to keep the intake up with the sweating. I carry literally gallons of water with me, plus the PowerAid Option stuff. I'm doing a lot better than I did last summer, but I'm trimming a lot more horses, too. So ... I just keep working on remembering to drink, drink, drink.

Walking has taken a back burner since I've been trimming nearly every day non stop for the last several weeks. The few days when I have a small number of horses or, amazingly enough, actually have a day off have been used to keep up with housework and errands. Trimming 10 or more horses every day for many days in a row leaves me whipped.

On the plus side... I've found that I need about 1600 calories a day minimum to keep my health and energy up for trimming! That's a good 400 more calories a day than I could burn last year at this time when I was working a full time desk job and working out. I am doing my best to fill those calorie requirements with stuff that's good for me, not garbage. Just by cutting out the eating fast food and extra sweets I've been able to drop it down a LOT. This works, yes, indeed.

I met my first goal of 187 - actually just this morning. :) That means I can move on to my next small goal of 182. Hopefully in about 4 weeks I can post that I've met that one, too.

I'll try to pop in more regularly to keep myself on track, and keep up with everyone!

ceejay52
06-08-2006, 05:05 PM
Hi raven--your egglight is on

ceejay52
06-08-2006, 05:42 PM
I've been busy today doing the errands which are usually ran on Friday's.

Meadow-- That conjured up fat person is me, he he. I really don't like what I see.
I. I want to be a healthy size 10 also.
2. Stay positive.
3. Hmmm stumped for a third image.

I've not eaten much at all today but this will be my line of action.
Breakfast= 1 protein, 1 fruit, and 1 slice of bread.--I've purchased the south beach breakfast burrito's for this.
10 a.m. =a slim fast shake
Lunch can be protein 4 oz choices are water packed tuna white meat, white chicken, turkey, fish or crabmeat. and beef once
8 oz of salad which will include asparagus, bamboo shoots broccoli, cabbage,
chinese cabbage, cucumber, green pepper, lettuce, pepper, radishes, tomato, green onion.
1 fruit= oranges, plums, apple sauce, small apple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries.
2 p.m. another slim fast shake
dinner= protien=4 oz =same list as lunch
veggies=these are extra veggies to the lunch menu, eggplant, musrooms, okra, snow peas, spinach, string beans, summer squash and turnip greens
Bread=1 slice of of 40 calorie bread
1 fruit
evening snack can be= sugar free chocolate pudding or sugar free jell0
This is the basic of my cholesterol diet.

Madcat
06-08-2006, 09:32 PM
What did I eat today?
B – Whole wheat Eng muffin, cheese whiz and tomato
S – Yogurt, granola & fruit
L - Chinese broccoli & beef, mixed veggie and steamed rice
S – 100 gms jelly beans (eek, but they were on sale!)
D – 5 honey peanuts, home made chili with black beans and many veggies, over some oven fries.
Liquids – 1 litre of water plus some at the gym, 2 large green teas.
I need to punch all of that into fitday and see how it was. Probably too much food but at least I had my veggies. And no chocolate. I'm thinking of creating one of those signs that you sometimes see in factories, you know, "X days accident free", except mine will read "X days chocolate free".

Ceejay ~ I tried the Tuscan chicken and it was pretty good… a tad gooey maybe, but that might have been the place I got it. Your family should as if they are going great. And you are doing well too. So far no need for the prod.

Shad ~ Have a terrific holiday. You have so earned it. I hope the manuals aren't really long ones. I hope you also have a fun time going out on the corporate dime. And I don't have any real desire to be a stick insect… DH would get nervous if I suddenly wanted to be a Preying Mantis considering what the females do to their partners.

Holly~ Geez never rains but it pours. Hope various viruses – computer and human are gone soon.

Meadow~ The three thoughts idea is great. Mine would have to be:
1) I will work to be stronger and leaner
2) I will fuel myself like a race car
3) I will allow time for rest as well as action
Let's see if this does work. What do we have to lose -except some weight and bad attitudes?

Carla~ Good excuse. Glad you are at least going to get to lurk. Was an excellent Scottish accent. Hope the physio helps and you will be back and typing soon. I'll put the kettle on.

Happy ~ I like your three thoughts! And yeah, there is usually a point sometimes when I am riding that everything feels right – legs spin in rhythm of the road, breathing feels in time and in tune and my brain stops thinking and just starts being. That is why I do it. Doesn't happen often, but it is worth all the sweat and aching knees and sore butts from all those other rides when it does. When it doesn't, I feel like Artie Johnson too. Super foods is a really good idea.

Raven~ We care. Hey, we care. Ultimately you know you can only suit yourself in life. You know changing to suit someone else is fruitless and ultimately soul damaging… but I don't need to say that. You already know that. Right? Your work sounds so fascinating. How great that you get to actually DO something. And look at you, goal achiever, you.

Ok, I have to go be useful. Later.

suzi in auz
06-09-2006, 12:31 AM
I'll post before I lose this... and will read later!
Today has just been one of those days....

I’m sitting ehre all muddled and not even sure what to write. i’m tired and I think i am getting sick which may account for my mood. It’s just one of those days I keep telling myself and it really isn’t helping, roll on the next two hours at work which i hope won’t drag.
It all started this morning with a todo with ds12. He is just the most unorganised person on the planet, but also the most lovable. I jsut have to stop doing things for him and he needs to start thinking for himself. This morning he lost his wallet. He had looked everywhere for it...according to him. The thing is he hadn’t but blamed everyone else in the house for moving it or not helping him. I have this little habit when I lose something, retracing my steps. I seem to find most things that way. The bottom line is I am a but of a doosy too with losing things and as a result I have had to create systems for myself. I need to. he needs them too but they need to work for him. This morning he had exams and I was concerned that he was going to go to school upset. He went to school on the bus with Money in hand to get himself on and off. His bus pass in the wallet ( $60 to replace!) and still lost and a big growl in his ear, “where is your jersey?” was my next comment." In my bag, i will put it on when I am on the bus." hmmm. ( interpretation....He had lost that too.!!!! After he left I got myself ready, cleaned the smudged mascara and found his wallet. It had slipped down his bed. I rushed off to his school and looked around for him everywhere. He was splashing in puddles and not unhappy. He thanked me and carried on, he had his jersey on as he had found it in the lost property.
The two other kids got themselves to school somehow. I got to work and someone had parked in my carpark. It really was one of those days…
I was nervous too on the way to work as last week I was in DH’s car and someone slammed into the side of me. i literally shook.
I’ve had a really busy week. I have been losing weight mainly through stress I think, although I have been eating. Dh had a work function at our place yesterday which I catered for and of course looked after the crew all day. DH has been away, it’s long weekend this weekend and I am looking forward to just relaxing. Last night I was so tired. I went to bed at 9.30, early for me. I woke at 6 and still didn’t feel rested.
hmmm...well it’s all down here now. the only consolation I have is going to Disney World in 5 weeks. ( it’s a pretty good one. !) I am counting the mins.
Suz

suzi in auz
06-09-2006, 01:35 AM
I have just had a lovely read and feel as though I have had a TONIC...thank you ladies...
Hmmm let's think...my three things..
1) Holiday
2) Sun
3) Disneyworld
a no brainer really. I am sure there are more in the way of goals but I will think on them later.

MEL :wave: hello my friend. I do hope you had a well rested week. You so deserve it! I hope your list is no smaller and you have achieved. I hope your strength is back!

Shad: How cold is it???? I can't believe the sunny Isle turning so cold on us in NSW, we really have been feeling homesick with this kind of weather.
How lovely for your boys to go back to NZ, DH and DS had a quick visit back last weekend and DH is going again on the 17th June. I am hoping to go in Aug for a girlfriend's 40th. It should be fun

ceejay, it sounds as if you are well motivated!!! Yaay you.

Rose??? :wave:How's the scooter and how cool! I have always wanted one to whizz down to the beach and shops in, do tell. Is it you that is really close to DW? I am hoping to get a car and so would love to pop in for a vist. I think I can brave the roads. As long as you don't mind 3 kids in tow, big ones though.

Holly :congrats: on the great sales, how wonderful being asked to be in the National DVD, what an honor!!! You should be so proud. :bravo:
I'm sorry to hear about your bugs and hope they are blown away by summer breezes!!

Madcat!! :wave: aren't hubby's good for thinking outside that square. Yaay him. It's so good to get back into the swing of things and have a focus. Good on you on the biking to the GYM, it's a good idea. I might have to try that this weekend. Biking is tricky...it's so different from the stationary numbers at the GYM. I am gradually getting te hang of it.

Tig...:cheer: yayy on the challenge. I think my body would go into meltdown and shock if I totally gave up the sugar. I am an addict I am sure.

Carla :wave: and Raven. I MIA too at times, it's so nice to see a sneak peak of you all.

well girlies. Thank you once again for just being you.

suz

Hollyhock
06-09-2006, 02:44 PM
At the library........have my Nerd coming soon I hope, the disc mailed out from my server has not come yet. arg. i need to place my avon order by Tues eve.Need to have something in place by then. I am feeling almost rested and relaxed.I am glad May is over. What a Looooong hectic month. Tomorrow we are having a yard sale and I will be at the market too.We will be up and at em around 6am. I could potentially earn around $600.00. Nice,eh. Church supper last nigh twas delish!! Hubby worked til after 7. I brought his home. Cant beat church lady pie!!!
All is good on the hubby front. He even started his own laundry last night. Didn't know how and I had to rescue him but I will print out instructions and tape them on the machine. :lol: Both kids had BIG fun field trips this week. Horseback riding and African Lion Safari.

I need to pick up lemonaide for the kids stand tomorrow too. And pick up litter to change the stinking( literally) cat litter.

Grass pollen is at a 9 count today. And every Friday afternoon everyone in the township cuts their grass. I am off for a nasal spray too. The pills alone aren't cutting it.

Love ya's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 things...

a toned, svelte me
a less busy me
hmmmmmmmmmm...I am looking marvy, i washed away my grey last night, all coppery again instead of white.

HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ceejay52
06-09-2006, 08:51 PM
Just a brief note. I've called the computer man to see why the computer keeps loosing signal. His answer was either the wire or the splitter. I've purchase a new wire and new splitter but had already had to plug the computer directly into the cable. I've tried three times to post today and haven't gotten through.

I will not need to be proded even though I haven't exactly stayed on this new plan. I've ran around to much today to eat right but after the breakfast buritto I've really not been that hungry. Plus with it being hot outside I usually don't get as hungry.

After my uncles email, I've decided against going to Paragould this week end.
They have 2 high school reunions to attend. I went last year to one and felt out of place but most knew my mother and I knew some from church.

I thought a doctor's visit would be on the agenda next week but it I have 3 more rx left before my next thyroid check.

My neighbor brought some green tea over while we were checking out some things on line for her. This will hopefully replace the carbonation of any brand soft drinks that I've tried.

Whew, I almost lost this post. Think I'm going to have to have them come out to check out this problem. I'm beginning to believe that it's the box.

Shad
06-09-2006, 11:04 PM
Morning all,

Just checking in to say hello. I'm at home. It is wet and coolish but we so badly need this rain. Our fearless leaders are now about to impose stricter water restrictions. We won't be able to wash the car or water the garden with a hose. It will all need to be done with buckets. Fortunately I have the rain tank and can let a bit of that go from time to time. I will keep as much as I can alive but there won't be any veges this year I don't think. If I get my next job at home, I should be able to use the washing machine water and the dishes etc to water the garden somewhat as well. I do loath lugging buckets! Naturally enough this rain is not falling in the catchment areas. Still it is doing the gardens good.

Good to see Carla and Holly back. Sorry that you are having computer health problems Holly. Hopefully they will soon be over. You really need the computer for your business. Since it is bringing in good money, you really need it alot.

Carla, hope the wrist comes right soon. You do have two hands you know. You could always type with the other hand. :D:

Raven, it is good to see you back again as well. It's nice to have the chickens back in our little hen house. I'm so pleased to hear that your business is picking up as well. Must be a relief to you and it is always better to be doing something you enjoy as your job. Makes time go faster and the day end feels good.

Happy, I have to do these hours to get the job done. It's not just a matter of turning up to the training room at 8.00am and leaving it by 5.00pm unfortunately. You get the hangers on stopping to chat or pour out their worries and you still have to set up for the next day or clear the room for the next trainer (not that they always do that for me, I might add) A ten hour day is normal. 12 is getting excessive and the 14 hour ones I should leave for the younger set - only most of them are not motivated to get the job done! Take the twit for example. Oh please take the twit. I thought Tig was going to offer him a job with the Piranhas.
I can't see the lamasil ad. The banner on the right is the 3FC book and a book ad in my computer. You must have mentioned feet at some stage.

Suzi, we all have bad days and good days. I often come here for a bit of R&R and some sane conversations. Well most days it is reasonably sane. I am leaving Wollongong for good on 1st July. That's a Saturday. Maybe we could organise breakfast somewhere in or north of Sydney as I pass through or a cup of coffee maybe. It would be nice to meet up before you go off to Orlando. It is Tig who lives in Florida - I think she lives in Melbourne - Florida!!!! PW is in Texas, Ceejay in Arkansas (? or is it Alabama), Happy is in Tennessee (next door neighbour to Elvis!) Raven is in Georgia, Mel in New Jersey and Rose in Idaho - way over the other side.
Heck I need to go print a map of the USA so I can start to plan my journey.

Madcat - sounds like you are doing great on the gym work outs. We hope new photos will be around soon to show the new you.
I had fun on the corporate dime - didn't drink much but unfortunately overate. Well it was really nice finger food. Got to love that stuff but it is not really diet friendly - eg. Deep fried mushroom risotto balls - oh yum to die for - but about 1000 cal per square centimetre.

Meadow - great idea. Three thoughts for the day?!?! Umm

1. Get moving. NOW! From movement comes flexibility, energy and vitality.
2. Eat the fruit and veges first and then see what room there is for the other stuff
3. Plan for the day ahead of time. Less stress means less stress eating.

MELODY525
06-10-2006, 08:23 AM
* I will go back and read all the posts later.

The best that can be said of this week is that it's over. :rofl: The Primary election went as expected with the Democrats leading but then the proof will be in November when it's deciding time.
Arts and Crafts took 3 days. Thus I am here later than I thought. We extended it because there was a death in the "house". Other than this sadness, the week went well. Just a wee bit tired and cranky :tantrum:
Jen and the BF and kids are at the trailer. :cheer:
Mom is on her own and it's quiet!!! :encore:
Hope everyone is well and I'll catch up in a few.
Have a wonderful weekend.:dance:

MELODY525
06-10-2006, 09:30 AM
MEADOW~ HOPE YOUR KNEE IS FULLY ON THE MEND BY NOW. :hug: I HAD BEST READ THE ARTICLE IN CHATELAINE CAUSE I NEED THE WILLPOWER!! :rofl: I MUST PUT MY THINKING CAP ON FOR THE LIST OF 3!

MADCAT~ THEY SAY A BRIDE HAS UP MTO A YEAR FOR THANK YOU NOTES!! I HAVE AN APOLOGY TO MAKE. 1/2 HALF OF YOUR WEDDING GIFT ARRIVED HERE FROM THE LAND OF OZ AND THE OTHER HAS YET TO BE PURCHASED. BUT THIS MALL ON MONDAY HAS BETTER STORES. THEN IT'S OFF TO THE POST OFFICE. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SURPRISE BUT NOW THE SURPRISE IS ON ME!!
I LIKE THE IDEA OF "X AMOUNT OF DAYS CHOC. FREE". :rofl: I COULD USE THAT ONE!!

SHAD~ OUR WEE SURPRISE IS HUNG UP!! THE MALLS I WENT TO HAD NOTHING. SORRY FRIEND. GLADD THE JOB IS WINDING DOWN? OR WILL YOU MISS THIS LOT AS WELL?? SORRY ABOUT THE ENGAGFED LINE. I LEAVE THE PC ON A LOT AS JENS SOLICITORS ARE AFTER HER ALL DAY WITH MESSAGES. :rofl: HOPE THESE LAST JOBS ARE GOING WELL THIS WEEK. GOOD LUCK!! EVER THE RESPONSIBLE ONE!! :encore:

HAPPY~ PORTABELLO BURGERS? YUM!!! I HAVE YET TO TRY THEM. SAD HUH??? LOL COME AND CLEAN MY HOUSE!!! I THINK IT'S YOUR TURN!! :rofl: SO HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR MOM IS COMING SOON. WHERE DID THE TIME GO??? YIKES!! HARD TO BELIEVE 12 MONTHS FLEW BY ALREADY! SIGH. I DON'T WANT TO TELL YOU HOW MANY NTIMES I LOOKED AT THOSE PICS AND THEN WENT BACK AGAIN LOOKING FOR SNOW PEOPLE:rofl: :rofl:

TIG~ WHAT CAN I SAY??? WOW GIRL!!! YOU DID A FAVBULOUS JOB AND I CONGRATULATE YOU ON THE CHALLENGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!! :cheer: :cb: :encore:
SEND SOME HEAT HERE. WE HAVE THE A/C ON ONE DAY AND THE HEATERS THE NEXT!!!

CEEJAY~ THE FOOD PLAN SOUNDS GOOD AND IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE. I AM GOING TO PUT THE PRINTER SOFTWARE IN THIS WEEKEND AND PRINT IT OUT. THANKS FOR THAT POST. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW PLANS. GLAD TOO I KNOW WHAT A SCADA SYSTEM IS NOW....ALSO GLAD IS GONE!!! :rofl: WE HAD A NEW SMOKE ALARM SYSTEM THAT WAS CALLED FIRST ALERT. AFTER ABOUT 500 FALSE ALARMS TO THE FIRE HOUSE IT WAS DISCONNECTED! :lol3: :lol3: BUT I MISS THOSE GUYS!! NOW I ONLY HAVE HAPPY'S CALENDAR TO LOOK AT! :rofl:

RAVEN~ CONGRATS TO YOU ALSO FOR THE 187 GOAL!!! GOOD FOR YOU!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEXT ONE!! 182 HERE COMES MISS RAVEN!! YOU MUST BE SWEATING IT OUT IN THOSE BARNS NOW THE WEATHER IS HEATING UP. YIKES!!! BET YOU WISH YOU WERE :beach: LOL CONGRATS ON THE BRAIN WAVE WITH THE BF COMMING HOME ETC. I AM STILL SMACKING MYSELF IN THE HEAD TRYING TO LEARN SIMILAR STUFF! :rofl:

CARLA~ I THOUGHT THE ACCENT WAS VERY REAL!! :rofl: I WAS CRACKING UP OVER HERE. HOPE THE WRIST IS MUCH IMPROVED. :hug: I WOULD LOVE TO BE A LURKER!!! BUT I NEVER SEEM TO HAVE THE TIME!! :lol3: A GOOD STIFF DRINK AT THE B&B IS WHAT I TRULY NEED!!! CHEERS :cheers:

holly~ sorry to hear about the death in the family. sending sympathies. congrats on the campaign 13 though! good for you! oops...LOST MY CAPS. GOOD LUCK WITH THE AVON "STORY" AND THE COMPUTER. I AM JUST GLAD MINE IS UP AND RIUNNING AGAIN. SIGH

SUZI~ I KNOW THE FEELING VERY WELL OF THE DAY YOU HAD. SEEMS LIKE NICE PEOPLE ALWAYS SEEM TO GET MORE THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THEM HUH???? :rofl: WHEN JEN WAS IN SCHOOL WE HAD DAYS LIKE THAT TOO. THEN I FOUND SHE FORGOT ABOUT THE "HASSLES" LONG BEFORE I DID!! GUESS MOM'S CARRY THE LOAD OF GUILT!!! :rofl: SENDING YOU A "hug: BETTER LATE THAN NOT AT ALL!!!

HOPE I LEFT NO ONE OUT. I AM REALLY BUSHED BUT THE SHEETS NEED CHANGING AND I HAVE YET TO HAVE A CUPPA. I NEED A BOOST TODAY. MY SINUSES SHOULD BE SHOT AND PUT OUT OF THEIR MISERY ALONG WITH MADCAT'S AND ANYONE ELSES. :rofl: IF I TAKE THE MEDICINE I CAN BREATHE BUT NOT POOP AND I WOULD FALL ASLEEP ON THE LOO BOWL IF I COULD DO SO. SEEMS IT'S A MATTER OF WHICH IS THE LESSER OF THE 2 EVILS. :rofl: :rofl: WHO EVER SAID THESE WERE THE GOLDEN YEARS AS YOU GROW OLDER SHOULD BE PUT UP AGAINST THE WALL ALONG WITH MY NASAL CAVITIES. KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. :lol3:
HAVE A GREAT DAY!! :scooter:

happy2bme
06-10-2006, 12:00 PM
Not only will it be busy today, but it's going to be a scortcher too! Highs near 96. We are having some work done on the patio - regrouting so I hope they are done by this afternoon so I can go in the pool while the sun is still shining on it.

The water is still a little cool for me so I am confined to doing a semi-jog in circles in the shallow end of the pool. My boobs refuse to go into that cold water :yikes: Yesterday I went in for a while and as I'm tooling along I see something coming straight at me - cue the music from the movie Jaws - dat dah, dat dah, dah dah dah dah - it's a frog! In the pool coming straight at me. Of course being a girly girl I shriek and run away from it. (DH is inside watching a movie). It goes to the pool wall and tries to get out but can't. So it swims a bit more frantically and tries another spot and can't get out. I remembered my friend saying something like frogs like water but toads don't and will drown. This poor little guy was getting desperate and I REALLY did not want to touch him (he was about the size of my palm). I looked over and saw my webbed swim gloves on the patio so I grabbed them and gently lifted him out of the water on to the side. He sat there, still as could be. Didn't know if he was grateful for the rescue or was just trying to figure out how he managed that trick. Or perhaps he just liked sitting on wet rubbery material :rofl: I ran out of the pool, knocked on the window and made DH pause his movie and come out. I told him that monsters were chasing me in the pool. He came out, picked up the toad and let him jump into the bushes where he sat happily in a shrub until who knows when.

Phone's ringing... be back in a bit.

ceejay52
06-10-2006, 04:25 PM
The cable man has come and gone. He also seems to think it is in the cable/black box but he could not contact any one in this area that had one. I learned a new place to go to check th speed of the cable modem/black box. If it does it again I'm to call and he'll bring it out pronto and exchange it. Now I have to reroute this cable again over the closet door so that it will not get any kinks or (bruises) as I call them. He also set the box in a different place than I had it. The wire could have been in a crimp there also. I'd never thought of that. Oh well, I will live and learn.

This has been a peaceful week end and I honestly feel relaxed.

Shad--Are you coming to the states for a visit?

Happy-- Yikes, a pool shark!!! Poor thing swimming in the "cement pond" and could not get out of it.

Mel--So nice to see you back. The elections here is on Tuesday for early voting. I'm going after work to vote unless Tim will be kind enough to let me
go during wroking hours.

Suzi, Madcat, Holly and Carla and Raven hello :wave: Where is Painter Woman?

Food so far has been good
Breakfast= Breakfast burrito and orange
lunch--chicken salad and zuchinni and 2 slices of tomato
Dinner--Thinking about baked chicken breast.
Exercise will be a 5 mile ride on the bike
beverages has been water, green tea, regular decaf tea.

This is day 2 out of 5 that I've been on plan. :carrot: :carrot:

Tig
06-10-2006, 07:01 PM
Brave happy ~ I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing WITH you! :rofl:

Meadow
06-10-2006, 08:17 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/toad-wink.gif

I bet he had a date and just popped into your pool for a quick wash. You saved his evening Happy:D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/frog-2.gif

Hi everybody, my knee is fine. I figured out it was from wearing my slip on sandles that are too big that messed me up. I felt a twinge when I was wearing them today so I guess they are for the bin. Shame, they are really comfortable suede ones. Hotter than anything here. Not a wading pool to found in town here, I think the hardware store brought in one :p sold out now :lol: Have to make a trip into the big city to find one, it has to be one of those hard plastic kiddy pools so the doggie can't poke a hole through it ;)

*don't forget to eat some of the original fast foods today! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/apple-glint.gif

Shad
06-10-2006, 08:50 PM
Morning all,

Woke up a bit stiff from a long gym workout yesterday - so I went back for some more today. Nothing like a good sweaty workout to beat stiffness.

Yesterday I just pottered around and did a few houseworky type things. Spent some time uploading photos from Groote and Wollongong and when they are ready for public view I will give you the link. DB2 and niece came over for the footy - we (just) beat the Irish and then we went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. The waitress was having a bad night, she dropped our entree on the floor and then managed to dump a jug of water later on. Poor girl - how embarrassing.
Anyway I jumped on the scales this morning and shock horror - not sure whether it is water retention or what but I am up 4 kilos. I haven't taken the water tablets for a while. That's probably some of it. It's back to being good for me as soon as I get home. Meantime I will just have to try to cut back and economise and move it.

Today - I have a list of things to do, starting with a shower and clean up afte the gym, then clean the bathroom, laundry and loo and then paint the doors again and put some more tiles on the bathroom wall. Now that the cabinet is in, I can finish that job. Yaahoo. One more off the list (maybe). Anyway I'll be keeping myself busy one way or another.

Miss Puss is reluctant to let me out of her sight. It's a sad and pathetic look when I go out. I even asked her if she wanted to come with me but got a baleful glare out of that remark.

Happy is communing with the frogs. Maybe you should have tried to kiss him. Mel and I could do with a Prince or two!!! I used to know how to tell the difference between frogs and toads but for the life of me I can no longer remember. Something to do with the skin and I think the eyes. There was a gorgeous yellow frog on the wall of the house up at Groote the day before I left. It was so tiny and delicate. Tim the Real Estate module guru got annoyed when I told him about it. He likes things like that and wanted to see it. The fact that I was just out of the shower and not in any state for visitors to my room didn't matter apparently.

Yes Ceejay, I am coming to the States for a visit - just as soon as I get my *** into gear and start planning. Somewhere around September end/ October is my guess. I need to be back for DB2's 50th on 23rd October. Or go after that.
Good for you for staying OP for 2 days.

Meadow - just love the dancing frog. Wish I had teeth like that. Glad to hear the knee is back to okay.

Shower time. I really needed it like an hour ago. Besides which if I sit here longer I will get cold. See ya

MELODY525
06-11-2006, 08:08 AM
OMG HAPPY!! TOO FUNNY!!! BUT I WOULD HAVE MADE A BEELINE OUT OF THE POOL TOO!! YOU ARE AN OFFICIAL FROG LIFESAVER!!:rofl: :rofl: I CAN JUST SEE YOLU DOING IT TOO!! :lol3: WHEN I SEE CREATURES, I THROW IT IN HIGH GEAR AND SPEED AWAY! :scooter: WILL WE EVER LEARN WHO WAS ON THE PHONE? WE'RE STILL HOLDING!! :sunny:

CEEJAY~ I SEE THE PLAN IS WORKING. I THOUGHT OF BOTH YOU AND HAPPY LAST NIGHT. I WAS READING A BOOK CALLED THE NANTUCKET DIET. IT HAD ASSORTED MENU PLANS IN THERE FOR I THINK MIT WAS 2 WEEKS.
ALSO A LOT OF RECIPES BUT I AM NOT LOOKING FOR COMPLICATED STUFF. HAPPY VOTING!!! BET YOU WILL BE GLAD TO SEE THE KIDS ELI AND EVA(?) AGAIN. GUESS THEY HAVE GROWN SOME BY NOW. IT'S PLEASANT HERE TOO AND HOPE IT LASTS FOR TODAY AS WELL! :beach:

SHAD~POOR SUNDAY MUST FEEL THE ORPHAN!! WHATEVER WILL SHE DO WHEN THE JOB IS OVER....SIT ON YOUR LAP AND REFUSE TO LET YOU GET UP!!! :rofl:
MAYBE TIM WANTED TO SEE MORE THAN THE FROG AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS SO DISAPPOINTED!!! :lol3: :lol3:
I MEANT TO TELL YOU IN THE E-MAIL THAT THIS PC IS STILL "UPDATING" ITSELF A FEW MORNINGS A WEEK.
GUESS THERE WERE A LOT OF UPDATES SINCE 2002!! LOL
ONE OF THE LAST THINGS HE TOLD ME WAS...DON'T OPEN UP "FORWARDED" MAIL OR DOWNLOAD JUNK. WHEN WE FINALLY GOT IT UP AND RUNNING AND HE CALLED BACK THE NEXT DAY TO CHECK ON THE AOL DOWNLOAD, HE WAS SHOCKED AT THE AMOUNT OF FORWARDED MAIL AND SAID...GET RID OF IT!! :rofl: I HAVE SINCE THEN JUST HIT DELETE. NO MORE JOKES AND FUNNY STORIES AND CHAIN LETTERS FOR ME! LOL

MEADOW~ I HAVE BEEN GIVING THOSE POSITIVE THINGS A GO IN MY HEAD. FUNN Y HOW I SEE HOW "NEGATIVE" I HAVE BEEN WITH MYSELF. I AM POSTING THEM TODAY AND WILL SEE WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS BY THE WEEKEND OF THE 24TH. LOL
THE PLASTIC WADING POOLS WERE ALWAYS THE GREATEST. I ASKED FOR ONE LAST SUMMER FOR THE SENIORS TO PUT THEIR FEET INTO AND SIT AROUND IT COOLING OFF. BECAUSE OF INSURANCE REASONS WE AREN'T ALLOWED!! BOO HOO! HOPE YOU FIND ONE. :sunny:

TIG~ :wave:

THE WINDS FOR 2 DAYS HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE. LAWN CHAIRS AND TABLES WENT CRASHING INTO OUR BACK DOOR AND SET OFF THE ALARMS! :rofl: POOR MOTA HAD TO COME AND PUT THEM IN THE GARAGE. GOT TO SEE 2 CUTE COPPERS THOUGH!!! :love:
IT'S FUNNY SHAD WEIGHED HERSELF BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I DID AND FOUND I WAS BACK TO 180. DAMN....IT'S BACK TO BASICS. SOME IS WATER BUT THE REST I KNOW IS THE JUNK FOOD THIS WEEK AND MISSING MEALS. I NEED TO GET A GEORGE FORMAN GRILL I THINK. BUT SOMETHING EASY TO CLEAN. THIS WAY I COULD GRILL CHOPS AND CHICKEN BREASTS WHILE I AM SHOWERING. DINNER WOULD BE READY BY THEN AND I COULD HAVE MORE TIME OUTSIDE INSTEAD OF COOKING. SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!! HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY AND FOR SHADDIE....GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!!! :queen:

I EXERCISE FOR STRONG BONES :ebike:
I EAT VEGGIES TO PUT A SMILE ON MY HEART
I AM STILL A GOOD PERSON EVEN WITH ROSACEA
I AM A DREAMER AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY :bubbles:

carla49
06-11-2006, 02:47 PM
Mel, I think I need a few false fire/burglary alarms. Visiting firemen and coppers would be a welcome sight around here! ;) I have a small George Foreman grill, which I do like very much. But it is a b**** to clean. As often as not I just use the broiler in the toaster oven, which doesn't make nice grill marks and is slower, but which still gives good results. We've got the same weather up here as you're dealing with - high winds and some rain and cool temps. At least it's not that horrible hot swamplike weather we're bound to get soon!

Holly, belated congrats on your Avon success! I hope you'll be back on-line soon.

Shad, I could type with my left hand, but need Ms Right for the mouse pad. But of course it's also true that I was glad to have an excuse at last for my laziness... :o I start physio next Friday, and am sure it will go away soon. Meanwhile it's a minor irritation, and is not too bad except when I grab Zen Houdini as he tries to escape out the door. Picking up 16lb cats is not a good idea at all.
Your scale must be broken!! Or else it's water retention. A few days of veggies and clean living will see you right. By the way, if your US visit is going to involve Canada as well, you might be interested to know that I'll be in Vancouver for a week in October, and could easily ask for a second bed in my hotel room. I'll be working, of course, but you'd have a nice free downtown home base to tour around from. (I'll trust you to warn me beforehand about excessive snoring, intractable BO, incipient kleptomania...) And you'd also be most welcome in my home in Ottawa should you visit here.

If any of you can get the 30-min British weight-loss show "you are what you eat" (shown on W channel here in Ontario) it's a hoot. Maybe we can all get together at the B&B on the island and watch it together... It's so different from North American shows. Not glossy at all, and so very NOT politically correct. I've seen it twice, once a story about a "fat fiancée" and the other about two "lardy Londoners". I also watch Canada's X-weighted. Of course I'm a reality tv junkie so I'm pretty easy to please. I was interested to see that on both that British show and the American "honey we're killing the kids" the people involved had no idea what an avocado looked like... And I do enjoy seeing the different approach each country tales. So it's really anthropological research, NOT couch-potatoing. ;)

Ceejay, once you have your bruised cable problem sorted, you will feel SO much better. Little niggly things like that can sour your whole day. Every day. It'll be like the clouds parting and the sun finally coming out to play.

Happy, I'd gladly open a frog/toad rescue service just to have a pool in my backyard! Be glad it wasn't one of those Aussi cane toad monsters, although I hear toad-licking can give you a nice high when it doesn't kill you. But I digress. I did have one years ago in my house, and still miss it. (I don't miss cleaning it. Also don't miss shovelling snow in winter...)

Ouch. Enough typing for now. Time for a nice little non-fat cappucino. Yumm.

Meadow, Madcat, tig, suzy and anyone I've missed, :wave: and :hug:

Shad
06-11-2006, 05:30 PM
Morning all,
Although it is a small 'all' at the moment isn't it. The sights, sounds and smells of a small Scottish Isle must be getting to the chicks.

Carla, thank you for the invite. I am hoping to do a sort of circle around the States and Canada. Into LA and visit Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, New Jersey and NY (I understand everyone should visit NY once) onto Canada and I was sort of hoping to do the train trip across Canada to BC then down to San Francisco and fly home from there. Whether I can achieve all that and see some of the sights is as yet debatable. I'm intending to use some of my frequent flyer points to keep the costs down as the thought of driving over there just drives me crazy. All these people on the wrong side of the road!!!
Sixteen pounds of cat!!!! Are you feeding him too much. Sunday eats up big but only gets to 4k or 9lbs near enough and thats with a winter coat.
Cane toads are not Aussie believe it or not. They were imported to deal with a beetle that attacked the sugar crops. The beetle was also imported - but I am not sure whether intentionally or otherwise. However the cane toad went out of control and is now an environmental pest. Just goes to show what one can do if one doesn't do enough research. They actually have cane toad collecting competitions here. You get a prize for capturing the most cane toads. I can't bring myself to compete. By the way, the belly of the toad is not poisonous. Turn them over before you lick!!! (if you must).

Yes we get the 'You are what you eat' here. They put it on around late dinner time. It is not easy to eat your lamb shank or whatever and listen to Dr Gillian (who is actually not a doctor at all) telling us what is wrong with your pooh! Still she does talk some sense.

Mel - from firemen to coppers now. Yikes. Did they think the seniors would drown each other in fits of jealous rages in a childs paddling pool? Has this world gone completely mad? Lawyers, the law and litigation have a lot to answer for.

Windows XP had a lot of updates in the early days. I haven't seen many lately. Normally the system just tells me now that updates will take effect when you next log on. So it must be updating itself or I have turned something on that does it automatically. As for the jokes and e-mail. Unless there is a virus in the mail, the forwards and links shouldn't affect anything. The virus' I have picked up have come from things I don't even have to open. Bloody spam.
Tim is a nice bloke - he doesn't need you to lead him astray or put thoughts in his head. He likes frogs and geckos and wildlife - but not the human variety. One wife, 3 kids is more than enough for him!

I didn't get to the painting yesterday. It's on todays list of things to do. Instead I got bogged down with the housework. At least that got done. I suppose that is something. So today after a visit to the gym I'm down and dirty and painting. It should be warm enough by then. Feels very cool in the house this morning. Time for the gym I think. The arms are stiff but the legs are okay. So, some lifting today I think. Better get of here and get ready.

carla49
06-11-2006, 07:48 PM
Shad, Zen is only about 1.5lbs over ideal weight. He's just a very big boy. If he could go outside to chase mice etc he'd be slim and lovely, but that's impossible on the 14th (actually 13th) floor. He spends most of his time eating or conserving energy... He'd be so much better as an outdoor cat, but I'm afraid it's this or back to the pound, and I wouldn't do that to him. He does get some exercise during the night chasing and beating up little Lily, and very early in the morning knocking stuff off my dresser to get my attention.

Travelling all the way across Canada by train would be pretty boring, especially as it could already be wintry in some more northerly spots along the route by October. There are at least two days of nothing but pine forests in Ontario alone, and then there's the endless sameness of the Prairies. I'd suggest maybe flying from Toronto or Mtl or wherever to Calgary and just taking the train through the Rockies, which would give you the biggest bang for your buck. To get an idea of cost, you can check prices at ViaRail on-line. (And if you travel with someone and one of you is over 60, the TWO can travel for the cost of ONE senior fare!) As for the cane toads, I saw the documentary (mockumentary?) on them many years ago and have never forgotten it.

Enjoy your time off. We celebrate the Queen's birthday around May 24, which I think was actually Victoria's b'day. Since ER's b'day is April 21, whose is being celebrated this weekend?

Shad
06-11-2006, 09:21 PM
Ethelred the Unready??? Alfred of the burnt cakes??? Who the **** knows. Could be good ol' Henry V111? I give up. All I know is that it has been going on as long as I have been around and for many years before that!

Wondered that about the train. I will probably run out of time anyway. I need to dig out the names of the relatives (sort of) in Calgary or Banff or somewhere - always provided they are still living!!!!

Thanks for the info. I just have a little cat - she may be little, but she's loud.

Madcat
06-11-2006, 10:52 PM
Funny, I am looking after my friend Gord's cat this week while he is in Amsterdam and London. I just got back from feeding Henry and I went to pet MY cats and almost knocked Maggie over. He is a VERY big boy and my girls are tiny and delicate. Little princesses.

Shad ~ I agree with Carla's assessment. Frankly, I find Northern Ontario fascinating and the prairies are lovely (though flat), but if you are on a limited time schedule you would be better flying west and railing just through the mountains. To drive from Toronto to Edmonton would be a 3 or 4 very long driving days. And October weather can be iffy in the West. It’s a trip worth doing though, one day. Air Canada was offering multi-trip passes in the spring – not sure if they are still doing it or if it would be worth the $$$. I have always dreamed of doing the drive down the coast hi-way from Vancouver to San Francisco. Maybe in a white convertible. Probably rain non-stop *grumble* Isn't it nice to be home?? I always find its almost an invisible weight lifts when you walk through your own door.

Carla~ Does Zen have a cat dancer?? It is the best cat toy for an apartment cat. BTW, I love my GF too but I agree they are a pain to clean. I wish the grill bit could be removed to be cleaned. You mean my obsession with reality TV/ documentary shows is "research"? I find food shows like X_weighted great too.

Mel~ Mmmmm firemen… Almost makes one want to be a pyromaniac! I'm at the point with my PC that I don't open anything I get if I don't know the person and if I'm not expecting an attachment. Soon you will be updated and running. You could probably run a filter to stick all the forwarded stuff into a folder, where you could ignore them! A surprise??

Meadow~ Watch for those frogs if you find that pool! Pity about the shoes. How disappointing. Guess shoe liners wouldn't help, eh? Better toss the shoes. Shoes you can replace. Knees are a bit harder to find on sale.

Ceejay~ Hope the rewiring works. They are testy.

Happy ~ Omigawd!!!!! I laughed and read your story out loud to DH, who also laughed. And I agree with Tig – laughing WITH not AT. You saved Kermit!

Ok, I better make tracks. This has been one LAZY weekend. Spent a lot of time watching World Cup games on the couch. Slug-like but I think I needed it. Took a nap yesterday. Spent much cuddling time with DH and the cats – in fact all three of us were sleeping on top of him this afternoon the couch (during the second half of Portugal/ Angola game). Not sure who I am backing this time… I should be backing either Brazil or Portugal (since I guess I'm now Brazilian/Portuguese by marriage), or going with my own heritage and cheering for England, there is apparently a player with a Canadian connection on the English team (lived here or something). But I haven't been impressed by either England or Portugal so far. So now, I'm thinking Trinidad & Tobago. I've been there back in the early 90s and had a great time. And what is not to love about a 1000 to 1 underdog? Gotta love a long shot!!! You know, the nice thing about being from a country that is ranked #83 in the world for soccer/football is that I can watch the World Cup and just enjoy the games without an stress that MY team wins or loses. Of course if Brazil loses you'll hear DH crying from wherever you are…:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Bed time!

carla49
06-11-2006, 11:55 PM
Madcat, Zen has had many a cat dancer. He would pull them off the hook onto the floor, and then lie down while he chewed all the little rolled paper bits off the end. For a while he was going through one a week. Then he lost interest, and hasn't had one for a while.
The Canadian on the English team is Owen Hargreaves. He's a real Canadian, plays for England because his father or grandfather was English. I think he plays professionally for Berlin. (More than you wanted to know, but there was an article in the paper today. He's the ONLY Can. in the World Cup.)
I thought I was the only person on here watching Xweighted! I love some of the excuses the participants come up with (and in fact use many of the same ones myself), and the host has no clue what it's like to be food or exercise challenged. My favourite was when he couldn't figure out whether the EXTREMELY flamboyant guy with the multi-dyed hair and nipple rings was gay or straight... Such innocence...

Hollyhock
06-12-2006, 07:37 AM
Yippee, GOOD MORNING!!!!!
Having a java here too.
I am LOVIN the coolish temps. 10C/50F !!!!! only going up to 20C/70F. It could stay like this all month!!!
I have an Avon order due today but considernig to wackiness of the last few weeks I am not ready. I will put it in late. I will spend some time today organizing that.
This week is the week of the weeds. I want to weed gardens. I like to weed gardens. Why does work and life interfere with my gardening??? LOL LOL LOL
Never dull here, Clyde(the kitty) just puked 3 times. I just dropped a towel over it for now. So not ready for that.
((((hugs))))

I am just jumping in. My computer “Nerd"( his business name) was here for 4 hours Sunday aft. Things are running!!!!!!
I had over 70 spywares etc in my computer. So the deal is anti virus is not enough. Spyware likes to attack anything from microsoft so I have changed my internet server. I have paid for an up to date broad range anti spyware anti virus program.

Hope all is okay now with this machine.

I am feeling quite rested. Been steady busy but not crazy busy. Saturday was the town wide yard sale. The kids( and hubby) made $75 here and I sold $250 worth of Avon at the market. We went shopping after church to get their tamagochi’s.

Nice supper of steak and mushrooms and scalloped potatoes.Watched a movie on tv on Diva with Kate Hudson.
Saturday after supper I took down a toy self in the “toyroom” and moved the futon in there. ALL the toys(what is left of them) are in the basement. There are books, games and craft stuff in the former toyroom, now the games room.In the former Library, now my office, there is a shelf, file boxes,computer desk, piano and a card table I scooped from Grandma’s to do paper work on. Then, after the kids went to sleep I did the “tour of poop” and changed the rodent cages and litter boxes and went to bed and watched Trading Spaces....aaahhhhhhhhhhhh.
Tomorrow...I have some plants to get into the veggie garden and the kids bought some petunias for their own planters.I can almost see all of the diningroom.Will finish that tomorrow.
Oh, washed the kitchen floor before church in the morning morning, woohoo. ( should be a national holiday)
Later!!!!!!!

teel
06-12-2006, 11:34 AM
well hello hello and hello to absolutely everyone! So at last England is sweltering in a heatwave and it is about 25 to 28 degrees out there. The best time to go into the town is when the whole male population of the country is ensconsed in front of the t.v. watching the footie. Heaven help t.v. widows!!!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:
Actually having said all that I have just switched on the t.v. and see that Australia have won their opening game against Japan...3-1 right at the last minute, literally!!
How are you all now we are in Scotland? Any sign of Linus yet? I must get off and send her birthday card off...the celebratory day is only 6 days away.

Oh Hollyhock you poor thing having a kitty with that amount of an upset tum!!:rolleyes:

Hmmmn I think I had better cut this somewhat short as I am afraid I will lose the lot...my screen keeps sticking and I keep losing my cursor...must be the heat!!!

Happy the toad rescuer!!!! Well done to you, my dear! I don't much like toads and didn't know they couldn't swim to save their life...I think you were very brave! I usually get a large toad in the back garden and have to "persaude "it into a bucket and transport it over the green to some lush greenery by the railway tracks...toads are poisonous to dogs and I KNOW Holly would not simply sit and bark at it without having a good lick...yukky yukky yukky!!!!
Well I guess I had best get on with something akin to housework, so bye bye for now....:wave:

MELODY525
06-12-2006, 05:03 PM
quick note: MADCAT....MY MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED! PLEASE PM NAMES AND ADDIE!!! HOPE THAT IS OK!! :rofl:

MELODY525
06-12-2006, 05:35 PM
I had a great day at the mall but for some reason I started out very depressed this morning....and anxious. What's up with that??? Maybe too much time alone?? WTF, it's always something:rofl: I bought myself new cereal bowls and a loaf pan for my meatloaves. Now I am hungry! lol

Carla~ I forgot all about toaster ovens! :rofl: My DD says to look at the new grills that have the pul;l off plates that can soak in the sink for easier clean. lol I am not looking forward to hot and steamy weather either! Phew!! I'll send some uniformed men your way....I share!!!! :dance: Take good care of the arm and let it heal right so later on it's not a bigger bother!!! :rollpin:

Shad~ too bad the bigger is married!! IF HE LIKES FROGS AND SUCH MAYBE HE WOULD LIKE A JOB CLEANING hAPPY'S POOL!!! : rofl: I'll keep a look out for a single guy...... any particular hair and eye color you find appealing? :rofl: :rofl: I would love a looooong train ride. Perhaps the Orient Express!!! :love:

Madcat~ cuddle time with DH is a good thing. I am sure Martha Stewart would approve. :lol3: Hope whatever team you ended up with won!! :rofl:Instead of buying a GF grill maybe I should hire a male maid! :love: :cb:

Holly~ same problem here too. Adware/spyware eroded my micro file system 32. Ate it to shreds and brought my newish pc down to it's knees! 2 days and over 6 hours later it was back up and running. I feel so empowered now that I did it(with Dell on the phone too....lol). Good luck with yours too!!

Teel~ no word from Linus yet and here we all are over in her territory!!! :rofl: I never knew toads could make a dog sick!! YIKES!!! maybe I should get some toads so I can call the coppers out to catch them.....or maybe the firemen!!! :carrot:

well Chicks it's getting late and I need my beauty shower, dinner and sleep so I better get a move on. Food shopping is first thing in the morning so I need an early night. Have a great one and a wonderful day tomorrow:sunny:

ceejay52
06-12-2006, 05:50 PM
My cable modem has been fried. Will call them tomorrow and get things squared away. I thought adaware and spyware was a good thing. They've got it on the work computer also. I will diffinately be taking those off my computer when I get home.

Not much else is going on. I've been busy today at work.

happy2bme
06-13-2006, 12:58 AM
Hi all,

I need to take a pass for a few more days. Lots going on here. If I sit down at the computer it will be once it's really late and since I can't temper myself to spend just 15 minutes, I'd really be seriously cutting into some much needed sleep. I have made a promise to myself that I will get no less than 5 hours a night.

I'll be back in a few days. Carry on. :grouphug: to the chicks.

carla49
06-13-2006, 04:28 PM
Just popping in quickly to bump the thread back up the first page. Hope everyone's having a terrific day! :grouphug:

ceejay52
06-13-2006, 05:22 PM
Carla, I like your idea of the 500 mile bike challenge. If it's alright think I will join you.

Happy, I understand about the computer.

Mel--We love you know matter what is wrong with you. Is there any recipe's that doesn't require cooking in your new book? hehe.

Still nothing exciting.

Shad
06-13-2006, 05:29 PM
Morning all,

Another day in Paradise (not). I had to take the car in for a service today. I hate having to break in a new car servicer. They love to charge like a wounded bull and you have no idea what they might or might not have done.

Busy day yesterday, but it was good to see Carla and Teel popping in. Sorry I didn't manage an entry. It sorted got kind of busy and I didn't make it home until seven. 6.30am to 7pm makes for a long day.

Now I had better go sort out the class for the day. I'll be back.

MELODY525
06-13-2006, 05:31 PM
Happy~ :hug: :hug: for you too!!! Hope you get the much needed sleep. See ya when things calm down.


Carla~ :hug: :hug: to you also and thanks for the bump. Looks like this place is barren!! :rofl:

TODAY WAS SO GORGEOUS. SUN, GENTLE BREEZE AND LOTS OF SWEET SMELLING AIR FOR A CHANGE. i DID THE FOOD SHOPPING, PUT AWAY ALL THE REFRIGERATOR STUFF AND WENT OUTSIDE AND STAYED THERE TILL 3:30!! LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT TOO. IT FELT GOOD TO HAVE THE SUN ON MY SKIN......REMINDS ME I NEED TO GET SUNSCREEN. :beach: WE HAVE 2 BIRTHDAY GIRLS THIS WEEKEND....TEEL AND LINUS. FLAG DAY NIS TOMORROW. LOTS TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK. TONITE IS A HEALTHY CHOICE DINNER. I BOUGHT A FEW ON SALE FOR DAYS I DON'T FEEL LIKE COOKING. MAYBE I BETTER GET A BIGGER FREEZER:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW :moped:

HAPPY FLAG DAY

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MELODY525
06-13-2006, 05:33 PM
:wave: HELLO MISS SHAD!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!!:wave:

carla49
06-13-2006, 09:00 PM
Ceejay, of course you can join the bike challenge. The thread is under the EXERCISE heading. I'm already hundreds of miles behind most of the others, and I need SOMEONE with less mileage than me... My goal is to hit the target by Labour Day. (That would be Labor Day - no "u" - in American. :lol: )

Mel, I envy you your Healthy Choice dinner! I took inertia to extremes and had a PBJ sandwich. :o On whole wheat of course.

Shad, where in Aus do you live when you're not away on contract? I googled my first love and discovered he lives in Melbourne and has done extremely well for himself. Involved in wind energy projects. (Just planning my sequence of visits for a someday trip to the Antipodes.)

Gotta go feed the cats before someone gets hurt. They wrestle each other (and claw my knees) when they're REALLY hungry.

Hollyhock
06-13-2006, 11:22 PM
I feel so out of touch with everyone here. Life is darn wonderful!!!
Today I was up at 6 and had a womens business breakfast meeting at 8. Sitter was here with the kids. It was sunny and 24C/78F. Perfection. Kids played on the slippery slider.I weeded to my hearts content. Tacos for dinner and the a church womens gathering. I had invited the guest speaker. So I went. It was fun.Came home and watered some shurbs. Had a few laughs with DH. I should be tired but am not.

I have been eating too much and it has started to bother me. Maybe it is finally time to focus on my weight again.

G'night worldly chicks.

Shad
06-14-2006, 01:09 AM
I came back,

I've finished my class. They are a confused lot. Not sure if I made them that way or not. Seems that the Illawarra lot have not got the message yet. :frypan: :frypan: :frypan: :frypan: :frypan: :frypan: :frypan: <----- Maybe I need one of these or maybe 1 for each hand.

Crikey, there is a few birthdays around and I have forgotten most of them. Drat. My sister is also on 29th of this month and Chris on 21st. :cry: They are probably not going to get an early one this year. In fact Chris' will be late, since I haven't even figured it out yet.

Carla, when not hiking around the countryside, I can be found in a small house on a small block about 40k south of Brisbane in Queensland and about 1/2 way to Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland. If you are planning a visit, you need to come here in our winter (temps cool at night and around 20-24 during the day, no humidity and no bugs) but I would not suggest you go to Melbourne at that time. If the man is working on wind turbines he is probably incurring the wrath of the local people - who hate the environmental vandalism (their words not mine) so maybe carry a sign which says I may be with him but don't necessarily agree with him!!!!

Good to hear you up and chipper Holly.

And Ceejay. How far have we pedalled today??

Happy, sorry to hear that you won't be with us for a couple of days. Hurry back we will miss you.

Linus - get back here. Just for a couple of minutes anyway.

Teel - you came back. Nice to see you. What are you doing for your birthday this year???

Where is Raven??? Painter??? Suzi??? Meadow???

Mel - borrow the prod from LindaT and give the recalcitrants a prod please. I'll reach out to Suzi from here with me bit o 4x2 with da nails in the end. Glad to hear that you are having some really good weather and can go outside andplay for a while.

That's it, they are back! Gotta go.

suzi in auz
06-14-2006, 02:04 AM
Hello all...just a quick one from me. Not too much to report, although I seem to have brushed myself off a little...a much better me TYVM!!!
Now quickly to SHAD. I would LOVE to meet for coffee with you. I live in the Sutherland Shire close to Cronulla, it's a little North of Wollongong and not quite as far as the city, sort of inbetween the gong and the airport.
I would love to meet you before JULY 1st. I can either come down to you or you can come to me :). PM me if you like about it. I would love to chat further.
TIG I will try my darndest to get to you too. Please PM with details of addy and such to make it easier.
The trip it gradually getting closer, only 4 weeks away. I haven't been planning for that long and so was a little worried that all the details are not in place. I just need to trust in all the online books etc, I am a natural worrier.

Ok, must go and get some afternoon tea for these kids.
love to all and will catch up Friday. I have 1/2 a day as did a day on Tuesday in the city listening to someone telling us about changes to Centrelink clients and their payments, very scary what is proposed, for those who don't know Centrelink are in charge of all the benefits paid. The scheme was on "welfare to work!" The plan is to get everyone working for their benefit, otherwise they breach and don't get their benefit for 8 weeks. Kinda scary really esp for single parents, they are expected to go back to work when youngest child is 6. Children go into child care...but problem, no childcare available, only approved care will get rebate, it's all very scary with many holes. The clients we deal with at work will be so confused. All these changes happen July 1st.
The seminar was "information sharing" crap!!! It was more like dictatorship.
I am on my little soap box at the moment .
The "state of origin" rugby leagur game is on tonight....shad...go BLUES!!!
Love to all

MELODY525
06-14-2006, 08:12 AM
It is incredible what a bit of sun and balmy breeze can do but I slept like a log last night!
No one needs anything from me today so it's going to be a day devoted to straightening up. Richie is supposed to drop off some packing material so I can get these boxes sent out. Willy has offered to take them off my hands by end of week or early next week. Seems his wife is not up to par yet. :hug: I sent her a guardian angel pin and card. She has been such a big help to me. :hug: :D
Time for brekkie. Have a great day....happy Wednesday:carrot:

Carla~PBJ sandwiches are our favorite but we use butter on them also and sometimes toast. My Gram was English and butter went on ALL sandwiches no matter what was in them!!:dizzy: Watch out for the cannibal cats!! :rofl:

Shad~ It sounds like YOU need the prod for the Illawarranians more than I do with this lot.:devil: :lol3:
Don't hit them too hard....they're confused already!!:dizzy:

Ceejay~ you'll be pedaling across country soon! I'll lend you my map! :rofl:

Suzi~ We have a similar program for wefare to work. Fails miserably at the best of times due to the same :carrot: be getting excited about the upcoming trip!!!

Holly~ :wave:

FOR THE MISSING CHICKS: COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE!!! :hug:

Madcat
06-14-2006, 09:11 AM
Carla ~ loved that Zen has many a cat dancer. Sounds like my cats. They walk around with these sad looks on their faces that say “we don’t have ANYTHING to play with” so I move the furniture and, voila, it’s like being in a Petsmart! Hmm, bike challenge that sounds interesting. I may have to check out the thread as well.

Mel ~ enjoy your day of calm. I hope you are feeling better today. You may be by yourself, Melly, but you are never alone – you always have us!!!

Holly~ So nice you to see you. Wow, things are just rolling for you, aren’t they? That is so great. I am with you – if we could have an entire summer of this kind of weather I would be very happy! Glad the Nerd was able to help you. I’m lucky, I married my nerd. I run antivirus and Adaware and SpyBot on my machine at home and I almost never have any kind of problem. Tour of poop????? :lol: :lol:

Tell ~ I have a friend who just got back from London and was telling me about the heat there. Geez, I hope it breaks soon. Stay cool!

Happy ~ Hope things calm down for you shortly. Work? Is it that pesky work again? Stupid work, always interfering with our lives. Come back soon!

Shad~ I have never really understood the objection to wind power. We have a huge turbine down the road from us and it is almost silent, doesn’t seem to be killing birds or squirrels or interfering with the natural order of things, and it provides enough power to take a respectable number of houses off the grid. Cleaner and safer than coal or nukes. And yet every time anyone suggests installing more you can hear the screaming all the way to the suburbs. I don’t get it. But maybe I don’t understand the “whole issue”. I am sure everyone will forgive you for being “not early” with the birthday greeting. You have been a tad busy. Hopefully today’s lot will be a bunch of sponges.

Suzi ~ How exciting it is as the trip gets nearer. Have you seen the Unofficial Guide to WDW, by Bob Sehlinger, Len Testa? It has a lot of valuable info about beating the crowds, free stuff to do, and insiders’ information, and it is not published by Disney so it is somewhat unbiased. I found it useful last time I was there (which was admittedly in about 1995).

Best go and do some work. I’ll try to think of something interesting to say later.

Hollyhock
06-14-2006, 09:14 AM
Just had some eggs on toast. my appetite is enormous. I wanted a big plate of spaghetti.( and garlic bread and salad)

“Hollyhock has added to her AVON dream...what dreams have already become
reality as well as future dreams. Hope this is what you are looking for.
My dream is to find a whole bunch of Hollyhock’s!”
District Manager

“And our Dream is to develop a whole bunch of district managers’s who can inspire this kind of Leader!”

National Leadership Manager-Avon

“What a story! We need more Hollyhocks’s at the Executive level so their
reach is broader to touch more women’s lives...”

Vice President, Sales. Avon

Still riding this wave!!!!

todo’s-
-fold laundry, 3 calls to make, groceries to be got, general tidying.

HUGS!!!!!!

Yes, Linda and I will exercise. Yesterday I cut grass for over an hour. I am thinking on the body sculpt dvd.

ceejay52
06-14-2006, 09:47 AM
My new goal for the remainder of the month is to focus on exercise.
Went to the gym last night for 30 minutes did all the weight machines.
Came home and did 6.2 miles on the bike.

Still not much going on. I need to contact my niece and tell her that all of my time will be spent at her house. My cousin has to work that weekend.
I'm really looking forward to it.

Goal miles 500/6.2 miles completed.

Have a good day everyone.

Meadow
06-14-2006, 01:11 PM
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Loved this cartoon from today's paper, totally speaks to my denial :p
I had one of those episodes again yesterday and chopped my hair... it now curls up above my shoulders and sticks up over my ears:dizzy: I can lose weight on my hair with just a few snips, only takes a minute:devil: Oh the power!

We found a wading pool, floppy plastic. My youngest tormented her sister by peeing in it and laughing. My older daughter was in tears.:rolleyes: So after taking 20minutes to fill it up, they got about 1/2 hour of play out of it before I had to take the bucket and bail all the water out, still have to get the bleach and do a mop around it before I give it a refill. Can't siblings be evil sometimes? The proper consequence should have been having her take the pissy water out of the pool but I was just beyond dealing with all the issues. They got seperated and my older daughter got daddy time so she was mollified. My youngest just skipped around the house, singing to herself, there are so few times she gets one over on her sister.

:carrot: Way to go Ceejay! Focused exercise power!

Carla-I had toast with PBJ for breakfast. I find the peanut butter cancels out the bread cravings for more:hun: My cats have a big galoopy dog to keep them sharp. The one catnip toy they had he chewed up. I give them Whiskas treats to help take the edge off of all the stress our puppy causes them with his nose:bubbles:

Holly-how glorious that you are receiving so much praise and making inroads into the corporate purse! It is just wonderful to read about how much you are enjoying your new role.

Madcat-did you send those wedding pics to Horton's head office? What did they say? Is your story going to be in one of those wonderful commercials? Did you get a free coupon at least? ;)

Mel-We have rain and now you have the sun :lol: Sounds good that you got to bask a bit and enjoy the day. Be careful what type of sunscreen you buy, some of them are laden with grease. Get the type that is meant for kids, longer lasting and less chemicals ;)

Suzi-will you be getting one of those Mickey ears hats with your name on it? I have two in my lifetime. One was brought back for me when I was a kid by the people I babysat for. The other one I got myself at Disneyworld. I hope the Florida weather is wonderful for you and all the crazy hurricanes and stuff drift way south :o

Shad-cool that you will be meeting up with Suzi. :hug: I hope the little sponges you are trying to teach soak up some knowledge. Just remember it is them and not you! Are you drawing lots of pictures? Maybe they are visual learners and not audio based individuals :chin:

Happy-so work is making you crazy or just busy? You are getting home before dark right? How are the little birdies doing? Has the cat discovered them yet? How is the pool temperature? Any more toads having a wash?:crazy:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEEL AND LINUS!

Hello all the dear readers :wave: come and visit Scotland with us, the tea pot is always on and we have saved you a seat to curl up in:coffee2:

MELODY525
06-15-2006, 08:00 AM
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TEEL AND LINUS I HOPE YOU BOTH HAVE WONDERFUL BIRTHDAYS AND ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF THEM.
MAKE GOOD WISHES!!

Hollyhock
06-15-2006, 08:10 AM
Good morning. I am feeling stiff. Need to exercise more!!!!

Edmonton won in over time. Next game is Saturday. DS will be able to stay up and watch the WHOLE thing.Hubby keeps stating..."there is no ice is North Carolina, how can they play hockey?”. He is such a Canadian BOY! I say back, “well they seem to have a good team”......... Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing ......He shakes his head in dispair.

No kids are awake or have arrived yet. Enjoyable.

So much to do. I lay on the bed last night for at least 15 min trying to sort it all out in my head.I am having trouble prioritizing it.
Yesterday was mostly about my family, shopping, playing outside, going to the park. Very nice and very important. However, I am WAY behind on housework and Avon biz stuff. I couldn’t stand to even walk into the livingroom last night.Shudder. It was awful!!!!!!
I did clean the kitchen and go to bed.

Just 3 kids today. Earning less money but feeling less stressed.

Gonna go sit with my coffee in a sunny spot.

MELODY525
06-15-2006, 08:15 AM
I PUT THE BIRTHDAY SIGN UP TODAY IN CASE I GO SHOPPING AND FORGET TOMORROW AND SATURDAY. HOPE I AM NOT WRONG ON THE DATES.
IT'S A GLOOMY GUS KINDA DAY OUT SO I BETTER GO AND JOIN THE LAUNDRY BRIGADE THAT HAS PROBABLY ALREADY STARTED! IT'S GOSSIP CENTRAL IN THERE. WHEN THE SENIORS CATCH ME ALONE, THEY TRY TO GET SOME "DIRT" ON THE OFFICE STAFF. :rofl: :rofl:
AMAZING WHAT KEEPS THEM HAPPY. I GUESS GOSSIP MAKES THEIR WORLD GO ROUND :dizzy:
HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY:moped:

MADCAT~ AW SHUCKS MAM :hug: I KNOW MY SISTERS ARE ALWAYS A POST AWAY! :dance:

CEEJAY~ NICE GOAL FOR THE MONTH. GOOD LUCK. YOU'RE OFF TO A GOOD START. 6.2 MILES :faint:

MEADOW~THE POOL STORY IS TOO FUNNY. SOMETIMES A YOUNGER SIBLING ONE HAS TO BE REALLY INVENTIVE!!! LOOKS LIKE SHE IS!! :rofl: GOOD IDEA ABOUT THE SUNSCREEN. THEY DRS ALWAYS TELL ME TO USE "PRESUN #30" IT'S VERY HARD TO FIND AND I THINK THIS ONE IS PAST THE ESP. DATE. I'LL LOOK AT THE KIDDIES SELECTION. THANKS! :encore:

HOLLY~ RIDE THE WAVE FOR AS LONG AS IT GOES.

IS THIS THREAD ON SUMMER VACATION? WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE? THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM TO FIT EVERY ONE......NO WAITING. SO COME ON IN AND JUMP IN THE POOL. I PROMISE NONE OF US HAVE PISSED IN IT. WATER TEMP IS GREAT. WE ALSO HAVE A LOVELY SANDBOX AND SUN CHAIRS :beach: WE DON'T USUALLY TEND TO BITE ALTHOUGH WE HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO BARK AT TIMES. SO MAKE A POST AND SAY HELLO. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. :welcome:

happy2bme
06-15-2006, 08:17 AM
:hat: :hb: :hb: :hat: Happy Birthday Teel and Linus!!!! Wishing you the best and many happy days all year long. :hat: :hb: :hb: :hat: :hug: :gift:

And a big thank you to you Miss Mel for keeping the calendar and reminding us of all important events. You're the best!! :hug: :hug:

Mom's coming this afternoon :dance: :dance: :dance: And the rest of the family is coming in another week. AND I have 10 days of vacation coming the end of the month :cp: :cp: :cp: Well actually I'll have to monitor the month-end closing procedures from home for a few days - but it's only a couple of hours a day - surely better than sitting ALL day in the office. I didn't get everything done at home that I wanted to, but got enough done so that the place is presentable.

The new baby cheepers are fluttering away in the Coca Cola condo. They buzz their wings against the edge of the box - brrrrrrrrrttttt. Wierd sound. I hope this means they will be nice and strong to fly away to safety any day now. DH is putting bread crumbs near the box and the parents are sucking them down like gold. Guess they are making bug sandwiches as the parents are constantly flying in there with bits of I don't want to think what in their beaks. We thought the babies would be leaving yesterday but they are still there. I only have 2 tomatoes left from my original first crop so hurry if you want a sandwich. :hungry: We had a cold snap which destroyed some of the buds so my next crop is going to take a few weeks to come in. Which means I won't have home grown tomatoes for my sister but I don't think she will mind that much.

I have to get ready to go to work now, will try to catch up with you individually later. Sounds like everyone is doing pretty well these days. Love to the chicks.

MELODY525
06-15-2006, 08:19 AM
PS TO MEADOW~ THE CARTOON REALLY SPOKE VOLUMES TO ME!!! I BLAME IT ON THE WHEELCHAIR :scooter:
YOU SEE...THE CHAIR FED ME ALL THOSE CARBS AND I BECAME ADDICTED AND GAINED WEIGHT :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3:

MELODY525
06-15-2006, 08:23 AM
MISS HAPPY!!! :hug: :hug: PLUNK YOUR MAGIC TWANGER FROGGY!!! :rofl: I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF YOU AND THE POOL FROG FOR DAYS NOW!!! :lol3: :lol3: IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE MY DAY! :rofl: SO GLAD IT'S ALMOST "MOM TIME". :hug: IS SHE BRINGING THE PIZZA?? I'LL BE RIGHT THERE FOR THE TOMATO SAMMIES. IF NOT LET MOM HAVE MY SHARE! :dance:

happy2bme
06-15-2006, 10:51 AM
I'LL BE RIGHT THERE FOR THE TOMATO SAMMIES. IF NOT LET MOM HAVE MY SHARE! :dance:

Hey Missy, if I'm going to make you a sammie - you darn well better show up to eat it :nono: :rofl: :rofl:

ceejay52
06-15-2006, 04:21 PM
Hello Happy-- Your egg light is glowing.

ceejay52
06-15-2006, 04:38 PM
I had to call the cable company again today. They checked their end from head to toe and I'm now the proud owner of a new cable modem. Yipee.:carrot:

I should have gone to the district water meeting today in Paragould. I really need some hours for license renewal, but I woke up with an I don't want to attitude. Plus, I'm going over there tomorrow afternoon to spend some time with the aunt and uncle. I really need to get some things done before I leave for Kentucky in a week. I'll end up taking another internet course. Tim said they would pay for it.

And now that the internet people have been here I can get some more things done around the house. The first thing I did was go to the doctor this morning for an rx for some more fluid meds. He seems to think it's hormonal but the good thing was I'd lost down to 183 pounds, however, most of that loss has been fluid retention. I'm a believer now that my fluid retention is the main cause of my weight flucuation. I'll be asking the gyn about this on my next visit in the near future and not from my eating habits.

I'm counting yesterday's pedometer miles
500 miles /10.7 miles completed



My to do list is long so I'd better get moving.



Did not ride yesterday cause my pedometer showed that I had walked 4.5 miles yesterday. I was exhausted when I got home. We ususally don't pump 2.0 million gallons of water until July and August.

MELODY525
06-16-2006, 07:57 AM
WOW, CEEJAY ALL THE WORK AND WATER ARE DOING A GREAT THING FOR YOUR BODY. CONGRATS ON THE 183!! :cb: I AM ALSO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW MODEM. NOTHING WORSE THAN COMPUTER PROBLEMS!! ENJOY!!

HAPPY~ OK HOLD ON TO THE SAMMIE!!! :rofl:

I AM SICK AGAIN WITH THE SAME SINUS THING. GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!!! :tantrum: THE DR APPT IS FOR THE 22ND. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM!!! :rofl: IF I GO MISSING, YOU'LL KNOW WHERE I AM. IN BED. LOL I AM SITTING HERE THINKING I JUST CANNOT GO OUT ANYMORE. WONDER IF THEY MAKE "BUBBLES" BIG ENOUGH FOR ME AND MY :moped: AND IF THEY TRAVEL!!! I KEEP SEEING JOHN TRAVOLTA IN THAT MOVIE INSIDE MY HEAD!! :dizzy:
THIS TOO SHALL PASS :bubbles:
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :beach:

happy2bme
06-16-2006, 08:13 AM
Morning all,

Ceejay, are you getting excited about your upcoming trip? What accounts for the big water demands at work? It's warming up but not THAT much :lol: Great going on the weight loss :cp:

Mel, Mom did not bring pizza - you'll have to wait until Sis comes on the 26th for that. I told Mom not to overpack her suitcase. I know it's hard for her to carry. She had a wonderful flight. Said everyone could not be more helpful. I told her - all you have to do is ask. I think it really calmed her fears about travelling. We're having a wonderful visit. I can't wait to get today over with at work to spend more time with her. So Mel, did you have a good time with the laundry brigade? I think they are just used to the old days of leaning across the fence and wagging their tongues. I remember the ladies of the old neighborhood doing that - back when you had shorter chain link fences, not the 6 foot privacy fences they do now. I hardly ever see my neighbors anymore.

Meadow, the new haircut sounds fun - perfect for summer. So Holly, did you exercise like you said you would? Don't want LindaT chasing you around :lol: Madcat, all it takes is a switch of the furniture to amuse the kitties? Wow, I didn't realize it was so easy. I agree with you on marrying the computer guy part - sure does make things easier, doesn't it? Gee Suzi, you will be boarding a plane before you know it. Are you flying direct to the U.S. from Sydney? How long is the flight? You must be so excited. I know I would if I was flying out your way. Someday...

Shad by now it's into the weekend for you. Hope you get a little work done and have a little me time. Of course we already know you'll be getting some serious "cat in your face" time!

Hope you stay cool Teel and have a wonderful birthday. Swing by and have Linus pop her head in here, will you? Happy birthday to you too Linus.

Hello Carla, Tig and Nae. Guess I'd better get rolling along with the day.

happy2bme
06-16-2006, 08:14 AM
Wow, Mel snuck in for a quick in and out while I was gone and I completely missed her. Guess I must take a long time to think and even longer to type :rofl:

Hope you are feeling better. When you say you aren't going out do you mean that the schmutz outside got in your nose and inflamed the sinuses? It's a bad year for them, everyone is complaining all over the country. Take care my friend.

ceejay52
06-16-2006, 01:08 PM
I'm getting very excited about my trip to Kentucky. :carrot: Can't wait to see those growing babies. Eli will be two and Eva will be a year old. I have the Atlas ready to go. This will be my first trip trough the very eastern side of TN and straight through Kentucky. I'm taking the Kentucky express way. I started to go through Memphis, Nashville, but I try to avoid larger cities.

I've just about got the apartment cleaned and ready for me to leave bright and early Thursday morning. I've even clean out the refrigerator. I've made a promise to myself that I can not throw out food like this any more. I'm going to use up some of the food I already have for the next work week.

I had to call the cable company again last night. For some reason the new cable box went out and when I called a technician he said it didn't take. I came in a few minutes ago and it looks like it's working again. He told me they could probably do it through their equipment. I'm hoping this will allow me time to go have the oil changed in the Rav4 before I go to Paragould this afternoon. Then I'll be completely ready to leave for Kentucky Thursday morning.

It's lunch time for me. I'm wondering what to eat. I've had a couple of scrambled eggs, a cheese stick and orange juice for breakfast. I may have a Slim Fast shake since tonight is my aunt and Uncle's night to go eat catfish with all the trimmings.

Shad
06-16-2006, 05:22 PM
Hiya all,
Just a quick in/ out. I'm at home again. I wasn't going to come home this weekend however I changed my mind when I remembered that the All Blacks were playing the second test against Ireland today and there isn't many places I can go in Wollongong to get to see the game. So home I came with another bag full of books and discs so I don't have so much to bring home in 2 weeks time. Yessssssss two weeks I will be leaving Wollongong and returning to Brisbane.
I did a job interview on Thursday with Rio Tinto. I think it went okay. Should know on Monday. This will be based in Brisbane but will involve a fair amount of travel as well. It's for about 3 months (initially) which will work in well with the trip to the States I think. Although I might be leaving that a little later than planned. No sense in counting the chickens yet tho.

Mel sorry to hear that you have been plagued yet again with the sinus'. What a downer.

Happy birthday to our two 'old' girls.

Gotta go. There is some things to be done. Back this afternoon.

Madcat
06-17-2006, 09:34 AM
Happy Birthday to Teel and Linus!!!!!!:hb: :hat: :hat: :gift: :dance: :woo: :balloons:

I'll be back later... just watching the Portugal/ Iran World Cup game. This city will go insane if Italy beats the US this afternoon...

MELODY525
06-17-2006, 09:47 AM
:wave: TO MADCAT'S LITTLE LIT UP EGG :wave:
HAVE A GOOD GAME!! :cheer: :encore:

HAPPY~ I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE BOTH HAVING A GOOD VISIT.....PIZZA OR NO PIZZA :rofl: ENJOY YOURSELVES.

CEEJAY~ I AM GETTING EXCITED FOR YOU! :rofl: HOPE THE TRIP GOES SMOOTHLY. ENJOY PARAGOULD ALSO. WISH WE COULD SEE THE 2 KIDDIES!! I THINK YOU SHOULD MARRY A CABLE MAN ALSO. THEY WEAR UNIFORMS DON'T THEY!?! :dance:

SHAD~ HOME FOR THE GAME :lol3: :lol3: ONLY YOU!!! GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE INTERVIEW. GOOD LUCK!!!

I HAD AN ARGUMENT OF SORTS WITH A NURSE YESTERDAY BUT WHEN SHE SHUT UP, SHE SAID SHE HAD TO AGREE. THESE "EPISODES" AS THEY CALL THEM ARE SOME KIND OF COLD. DISTORTED BUT COLDS NONE THE LESS. I DON'T GET SICK FOR YUEARS WITH A COLD AND THEN GET 2 OR 3 IN A ROW. IT HASN'T HAPPENED MLIKE THIS IN SO LONG, THERE IS NO DR THERE THAT WENT THRU THIS WITH ME. THEY ALL LEAVE AFTER THEIR TIME IS UP! :rofl: I FEEL LIKE CRAP BUT THIS WILL PASS. THE WORST IS OVER I THINK. JUST GOTTA GET RID OF THIS CONGESTION. I AM HAVING A DO NOTHING WEEKEND WITHOUT EVEN PLANNING ONE!!! :lol3: IF I CAN GET RID OF THE FEVER I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO THE MALL MONDAY. SEE IF I CAN GET MY HAIR CUT. AND FOOD SHOPPING ON TUESDAY. THE KIDS CAME IN LAST NIGHT WITH FOOD BUT I TOLD THEM TO EAT IT. NO APPETITE.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE:sunny:

Shad
06-17-2006, 05:08 PM
Morning all,

Mel, I had a do nothing day yesterday more or less. Sunday and I had a lot of cuddle time. My sinus' always react to lots of dust, pollen etc. Cold does not seem to help. It may well be that your immune system is down with the cessation of the drugs and will struggle for a while to reassert itself. Just be kind to yourself and remind yourself (and anyone else around) that you are not in your thirties anymore and can no longer do what you used to do all day long. Maybe a surgical mask while you are out on your rides might also help.

I rung Teel yesterday for her birthday. She sounds bright and happy. She had a good birthday - some one sent her one of her own cards for her birthday! Said it was from a new and upcoming designer in town!! :lol3: I should ring Linus as well but really am not sure of what is the best time to talk to her.

Happy, I am so glad that Mum is there and travelled well. Sweet little old ladies will always get good service on planes. Just ask for whatever you need. Water, biscuit, air on/ air off, tea, coffee, lights, headphones (and adjusted) etc. If you do it nicely, you can get just about anything in this world. It's only when we get ratty that the folk get their backs up. Enjoy the visit. I was going to ring, but it's more important to spend the time with the precious lady. We can talk later.

Madcat - how did the game finish off? I've not been keeping up with the Soccer since just about the only coverage we get here is when the Aussies are playing. Not quite true but near enough! Last night I watched my boys take on the Irish (and win), the Aussies (rugby not soccer) take on the English (and win) and the DS2's AFL team get beaten. (He will not be happy today). He was going to the game with Robbie (my computer nerd) who was supporting the other team. Wonder if they are still speaking.

Ceejay - have a good trip to Kentucky or wherever it is you are going. You are as bad as me with all your tripping around. Drive safe, stay safe.
Oh yes and good going on the exercise.

Good morning to Carla, Painter, Tig, Linus, Teel, Raven and all the other missing links. Come out to play today. Give yourself a 5 minute treat.

DS2 arrived at lunch time yesterday with the G/F and child in tow. (G/f's child, not DS2's child) He has bought a benchtop for the bathroom vanity. We sat it on top and marked out where we have to cut to put the basin and tap (faucet) in. Progress in the bathroom. Today he should be back to do the actual cutting. I wont know myself with a working basin in the bathroom. Then when I get back I will need to grout the new tiling work I did last week. There won't be time for it this weekend.

This morning we are all going out to breakfast and will take the rest of the day as it comes. I'm not going to try to do too much but will try to leave the house fairly clean and tidy - two weeks and I am back. Should know about the next job by Monday and if I remember he did ask me about documentation so I wonder if he is going to let me stay home for a bit if he gives me the job?!?! :dance: :dance: :dance:

I posted a parcel of books and some fancy soaps (chocolate, hemp and sandalwood flavoured) to my friend in Japan yesterday. The postage cost me more than the books!! :yikes: I just wanted to post the parcel not buy the Post Office! Anyway it is her birthday on 21st. I will ring her this morning because I wont be able to do so on the right day. Best I leave it for a while though. Japan is one hour behind us and she is not an early riser. 8.00am is about right for her (her time, not mine).

My sister's birthday is 29th June. I need to get a card away to her as well. At least she will stand a chance of getting it on time. She tells me that she and my niece will be coming over in October to celebrate the DB2's 50th birthday. She hasn't been over for a while so it will be nice to see her here again.

Well the drought in Australia is now well and truly established. We can no longer use the hose to water the garden. Buckets only now and also the waste water from dishwashers and washing machines. My rain tank is nearly empty as well. So I will lose some of my garden no doubt. There is a little country town in NSW called Goulburn which has less than a years supply of town water supply left. After that they will begin to truck water in. If they can get it from another source. A great deal of the problems has to do with lack of preparation and a she'll be right attitude. I really don't think the successive governments and councils are dealing with the problem well at all. They will all tell you that it was lack of planning by previous regimes, but still they don't enforce environmentally safe practices. Oh get off the :soap: Shad.

Better go get prepared for the day. It seems we are going to get rain. Lucky I did the laundry yesterday.

ceejay52
06-17-2006, 07:45 PM
I have had a good week end. This area also got some much needed rain. The bad part was that when I started back this afternoon I got in another down pour. I even pulled off the highway once but the water was so deep in the parking lot that I didn't stay there. It usually takes me a little over a hour but during the down pour it took and hour and forty five minutes. I had a headache when I got home and had to lay down. The rain was so heavy at times that I could only see the hiway directly in front of the car.

Mel--Hadn't even thought about the cable man-but this one was married, and to young.

hello to all the rest.
500/14 miles slowly but surely getting there.

Tig
06-17-2006, 09:23 PM
Quick hello to all! :wave: Slim is watching soccer. US and Italy are currently tied. I didn't realize we could understand Italian. I guess it's close enough to Spanish to understand. Either that or soccer is a universal language!

ceejay ~ I hate driving in those downpours, too. I get tension headaches from gripping the steering wheel and trying to see the road. ACK! Enjoy your trip to Kentucky!

Shad ~ I know you'll be glad to get home after all this time. Life of the contractor, and all, but I know you'll still be glad to be closer to home.

More later........

Tig
06-17-2006, 09:24 PM
:hug: to My Dearest Chopped Liver! :hug:

MELODY525
06-18-2006, 09:49 AM
I am so glad to see the toenail fungus bug in the ad on the right is gone. Jesus I hated that guy!! Thanks Happy!! Maybe someone heard you!! :rofl:
The chest part of the cold began last night. Maybe it won't be as bad as it feels right now! :faint: Miss Shad, you are just too right my friend. :p They forget and so do I that I am 59 and in the chair almost 16 years now. Time one of us woke up. Guess it better be ME!! :lol3: I am absolutely sure this is a direct result of getting off 5 years of anti-fungal drugs because I came down with a thud.
funny thing is, I asked if this would pose a problem and the answer was no. HELLO!!
the reason I asked was because for the past 5 years I have hardly been sick and sinus infections magically disappeared while I was on the drug. :carrot:
I'll just have to ride the storm out and get toughened up a bit. There were 2 women with colds on the bus Monday and Tuesday. One too many for my immune system:rofl:
:wave: to Ceejay and Tig and everyone.
"Dearest Chopped Liver" is going back to bed. :moped:

ceejay52
06-18-2006, 01:49 PM
The rain is still with us. So far no severe thunderstorms, just heavy rain and wind. I'm glad I'm not driving.

I'm not in the mood to do paper work today. I have to get some information off on of the week-end shift's monitoring sheet's to finish so I'm putting this on hold until the morning.

Been playing around with map quest to get driving directions to Louisville, ky this morning. Nicole said that she would call me Tuesday to give me the information to her house.

Ooops, I hear more thunder and from the looks of the weather map we'll be dealing with this until Monday.

I'd better make sure that things are up to par.

Madcat
06-18-2006, 09:23 PM
I have been having an excellent weekend. Much soccer and DH time. This afternoon I even got on my bike. I have to dig through the storeroom and try to find the computer thing for my bike. It is in there somewhere. It was warm out there but a nice breeze as long as I kept moving. Actually made dinner this evening – pork tenderloin and rice and veggies. Delicious but it made the kitchen so hot. This may be the last oven cooking I do until September :lol: Anyone have favourite hot weather foods they could suggest? We cannot keep going out or ordering in to eat.

Meadow~ I laughed and laughed at the cartoon you posted and at your sibling torment story. Yeah, I can imagine my brothers doing something like that to each other when they were kids. And nope, we haven't sent any cake pictures to Tim's yet. We're still debating whether we want to become a wandering advertisement.

Holly ~ Your DS must be thrilled about Edmonton. I agree, if you don't have ice you don't know how to use it. Listing helps. Listing is good.

Mel~ presun #30 is hard to find? I read somewhere that even if you are using regular sunscreen you should put it one 20 minutes before going into the sun. And, heck, I bite… but only when someone asks me nicely!!! :hug: poor sinuses. I find drinking lots of water helps. Allergies are icky here too – probably due to bad air quality. A do nothing weekend should make you feel better. Hang in there.

Happy~ Hope you have a great visit with your Mom. Wouldn't it be nice of we could work from home more often? It was the great promise all the magazines were talking about 20 years ago… but we all seem to be working longer hours instead… how did that happen? Enjoy! Funny thing about marrying a geek is I actually miss doing my own computer stuff.

Ceejay~ Glad your modem problems seem to be over at last. Enjoy anticipating your trip.

Shad~ I think I caught the end of the New Zealand game on one of the other sports channels here. It is a fun game. The Portugal game ended up with Portugal winning and going through to the next round. Your Socceroos played well against Brazil today and it wasn't a total blowout (though they didn't win). They could still make it through. Oh I hope the job comes through and that you get to stay in your own home for a while. I can't imagine what it is like to live in the middle of a drought. Hope it doesn't get too bad. maybe Ceejay could loan you some rain?

Tig~ I have a friend who is fluent in Spanish and she cam more than get by in Italian. Apparently the languages are similar.

Howdy to everyone I didn't get to comment to. Come and play! I better go and get organized for tomorrow. 'Night all.

PainterWoman
06-18-2006, 11:27 PM
Glad we are off to Scotland... I'll have to check if it's the Highlands or Hebrides. It has got to be cooler than here.

I too am delighted about Edmonton's win last night. I'll be glued to the TV tomorrow...

Unless I don't survive my cardio stress test. I am SO FREAKED OUT and scared.

Assuming I'm over it tomorrow, i would love to hear how any of you stay committed to your healthy food and exercise regimen over the long haul... OR when temptation stares you in the face.

Mel, I'm sorry you've been through another wringer. Patch Patch Patch.
Here's a hug. :hug:

Shad
06-19-2006, 01:47 AM
Puff puff, can't stop! :running: Got to get the car in for a tyre service today or at least drop the keys in for tomorrow morning. It will need two new ones at least, possibly four. Aaah well, nothing lasts forever and it will be ready to go home in 12 days and counting.

Had a good weekend at home - but then I think I told you about that - oh maybe I didn't. DS2 and I put in the new vanity benchtop, cut out the hole for the new basin, drilled holes for the new tap and sealed the lot. Then we put in the plumbing under the sink and finally hooked up the taps. Voila - I have a working basin again and the vanity has a top. Photos later. He's such a clever lad, my wee boy.

Better go get the car down to the place. Painter I hear you on keeping on with the challenges life throws our way. I'll work on what to say to try to urge you on tonight and get back. I really need to pm Suzi as well. I'll be back.

teel
06-19-2006, 06:44 AM
Hello everyone! Thank you so much for my birthday greetings!!! It was lovely to hear from you all...:hug: :hug:

I had a great day...started off early-ish with my mum ringing up at 08:30 to wish me Happy Birthday...then I had another phone call before going to have a manicure and a make up session and then going out for lunch with 3 others...the people I am going on holiday with at the end of July..we are going to the New Forest on the 31st July..(cannot get more "end" than that!!!!)

I am now the proud owner of a Samsung Imagine digital camera thanks to money towards it from the parents and my uncle. I have taken a few photos and realy have to read the instruction manual for more details on what the phone is able to do...like the "effects" button! I love the fact you can delete all the pictires you don't like!!!!

Yes it was strange getting one of my own cards back!!! Julie must have listened very carefully to my comments when she was looking throiugh the boxes and I was saying things like "oh I really like that one" and "I wasn't too pleased with how that design turned out" and so on!! :dizzy:

Yesterday my friend Edwina came over mid-morning and then we went out for lunch which was very civilised although very hot. Edwina bought me an electric juicer..we had such a laugh at some of the recipies...the names are something else..Twilight Zone...Peachy Dreams...Beautiful Day....

I spoke to Linus on Saturday..I think things are settling down a smidgen....but Christopher is now able to get around holding onto the furniture which means he gets into even more potential trouble. I hear at last Linus's medical team are hearing that she isn't coping and that she does indeed have post natal depression and she has been advised to go to her g.p. and get some anti-depressant medication. About bloomin' time too says I !!!!

We seem to have lost our heatwave here today. After yesterday's hot and humid I thought we were in for a thunder storm but we didn't have one where I live. However its a lot cooler today and quite a wind too. A nice change!!!!

PW., I hope you survive your cardiac test. They are not as bad as everyone thinks. Good luck!!

Mel I am thinking good thoughts for you and this blessed cold and sinusitis...miserable for you my friend.:(

Happy , have a lovely lovely time over mum's visit. I hope she is well and ready for her busy holiday that I am sure she has in store! Don't wear her out too much!!

Well I think I have taken up a whole page so it's time for me to shoot off, leaving happy thoughts with you all...
Love and hugs from Teel xx

happy2bme
06-19-2006, 08:31 AM
Good morning chicks,

I'm having a great visit with mum. Yesterday we went to the library, she picked several books to read while I'm away at work this week. Last night I hear her giggling in her room. I had recommended one book in particular and she was laughing so hard at the story that her eyes were tearing. We went to a shoe store after she admired some new sandals I had. We found her a pair - deeply discounted. The same pair I paid $44 for at the beginning of the week was marked down to $14 - yes FOURTEEN dollars because her pair was the only one left in the store and that's how things go there. The longer the shoe stays, the cheaper it gets. I was happy for her as she was so exstatic to get such a bargain! It was a rainy, rainy weekend with heavy downpours. DH powerwashed the pool tarp on the front lawn. It was very hot and the tarp is dark green on one side, black on the other. He let it dry on the lawn and as we were folding it, I thought the grass looked scorched. It was. Now we have this HUGE rectangular burned spot on the front of our lawn. It's massive. I said we should paint the American flag on it for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Can't hurt the grass any more than it is. It was a good thing we got the rain that we did, it will help heal the lawn more quickly. Always an adventure... One more week of work and then sister shows up which means V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!! :carrot: :carrot: Can I handle the excitement? :D

Teel, good to hear from you. Sounds like you had a lovely day. So funny to get one of your own cards! Thanks for the Linus update. Poor sweetie, she is overdue for some better things in her life. :hug:

Shad - how nice that the vanity is coming together. Hope you get the new assignment. :crossed: Wouldn't it be great if you could spend some time working from home. :cloud9:

PW - don't worry - it only SEEMS like they are going to do you in on the cardio test. They're not allowed to have you pass out. Good luck. As for a motivation of staying on plan - well not having to do a cardio test is one of them. And if you do, you just smile at them through all those wires and ask them to turn up the incline a smidge cuz this is "just too easy" :D Oh and we are in the Hebrides, as you suggested...

Madcat, good going getting out on the bike AND making what sounds like a yummy dinner. Sounds like married life is agreeing with you. Actually it sounds just like your life before except that TB is now TH. Hot weather foods you ask - grill up extra chicken and slice the leftovers over salads, in wraps or as filler for tacos. I also pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken at the store, pull it apart, chill and make chicken salad. We have that with sliced veggies and cool fruit - low carb and gets the good food groups in. I will think of more stuff later...

Ceejay - did you get the big storms too? Although ours seem to be coming directly north from the "real" southern states. I was looking at Mapquest - didn't realize you have to pretty much drive all though Tennessee to get to Kentucky - not too many road choices there. Honk when you drive by and I will :wave: Some day we will have to get together although I don't drive the interstate highways.

Mel - hope you are feeling much better today. No one should be suffering with a cold this time of year. Me and mom are coming over with chicken soup, Vicks Vapor rub and the last tomato. :lol: Thank YOU so much for your little surprise in the mail. I laughed so hard and so did my mom. You are such a sweetie - I will cherish it!

Tig are we all supposed to be watching soccer? I didn't get the memo. But I don't know anything about soccer :dunno: How's the new Harley?

Hello Carla, Raven (yes we DO care when you're gone), Meadow and Holly. Time for me to get ready for work. I'm late already and I got up 30 minutes earlier this morning :dizzy:

Hollyhock
06-19-2006, 08:52 AM
I will read up later in the aft............

DONT PUT IT DOWN PUT IT AWAY.

12 hours of cleaning yesterday and there is still much to do. Hubby actually cleaned up in the kitchen after his breaky and lunch building!!!!!!!! I declare today a national holiday!!!!!!!

I will see how things go with other peoples kids.

Need to get DS ready for school. DD is still sleeping. A much needed sleep!!!

Yesterday was interesting!!!

First I programmed my new scale that Avon has. Measures body weight,body fat, hydration and bone mass. The sad reality is I have gained weight, I am mostly made of fat, I am not dehydrated and my bones are way more dense than average. I had an average day of not over eating but it was hard. Looking at cutting back carbs and adding more veg.

Sun~
We all slept til 9am. A much needed rest for all. The kids have been gving DH stuff all week but also wrote little notes and put them on his pillow.
I am in the no gift for spouses camp.Probably is not what I would have done in the beginning but it is how DH is and now I like it. Keeps things simpler. Now that the kids are in school I get beautiful homemade gifts and so does DH. Every year for mothers day I buy myself a flowering shrub. Now the kids pick it out. On out 5th wedding Anniverary I had a ring made wiht the kids birthstones. Otherwise we dont do a lot. On my Bday we got out for dinner( all 4 of us). On all their bdays I cook a fav supper and choc cake.
I will probably bake DH a cake today.

This is how they beat me down............and why I sit here and drink tea and eat cookies keep getting fatter.

DH is watching a documentary, in the livingroom, on the occupation of Holland. It is blaring , volume is at 37. I listen to the TV at 12. Every time someone speaks he turns it up. DD has asked to colour. They had lost craft privileges for 2 weeks because they never put anything away. Some I give her a colouring page and crayons. DS joins her. They cut out their pictures and tape them to the wall. I ask, if they are finished to put the crayons, scissors and paper away and put scraps in the burn barrel. Neither does. They instead fight over DS resetting DD’s tamagochi on her. We have a discussion around that. The TV is getting louder and louder. I ask DH to turn to TV down so we can all function or go upstairs and watch the show in the bedroom. He turns it up louder. I turn on the water and have a bath. I get out of the tub and he and the kids are having breakfast and talking of plans to go to his parents for the day. Complete news to me. He says he told me about it. He definitely has not. I take the high road and say I must of misunderstood you.
We have church at 11:30. He gets all pissy and slams things around and raises his voice to me. I go upstairs and get dressed. I come down and ask him what it is exactly that he wants to do today. He says nothing, you are going to church...............
We can skip church and go to his folks. I explained to him that I had worked 6 days straight of payroll and really wanted to do 8 loads of laundry, clean both bathrooms, clean 3 bedrooms and dust and vacuum today as well as finish putting together my Avon office. I also suggested it would be nice for him to go to his Dad’s with the kids. That was just stupid, apparently.
So, I went and cleaned up the kitchen after their breakfast and sat here to vent. On Friday night he DID say to me , “I want to go to my Dad’s on Sunday and borrow his welder.”

Breathing......hard not to call him a big f***ing baby and walk away from it all. He is really pissed off at me. I have done nothing. I know(deep down) he is mad at himself because he does NOT communicate things clearly( has a learning disability) so is very frustrated. I am pretty good at decoding what he is really saying but missed this one by a mile. SIGH!!

Still breathing.
The craft stuff. I stood there and told each kid specifically step by step what to do to put their stuff away. Eg, see those scissors you used with the red handle, please pick them up and put them in the scissor tub..................... now put the tub back on the craft shelf.......................
Frankly it is exhausting.

My plan is too fluff and fold 2 lol and then go upstairs and tackle the bedroom for now.
Oh, I am thinking of getting ear plugs for when he is watching TV and I need to be on the main floor. Most of the time I retreat onto the computer because of the noise. Hence, nothing gets done.

DH’s parents are not even home.................................... Confused
LOL fluffed and folded, DS’s laundry scavenged from all over the house and yard..............
We have decided not to go to church and spend the day at home just the 4 of us. Hubby is watching another documentary, kids are playing in the basement. Everyone seems quite happy. Very Happy

Hubby has also decided to follow the Doc’s advice about resting his arm injury. He IS folding a basket of tea towels. Very Happy Me!

Kids played a computer game with minimal battles between the 2 .

I went to the lovely, cool basement and brought up 3 empty buckets, a big box of metal thingys, 2 empty beer cans and empty boxes and took them out to the shed. These are all from the basement reno 2 years ago. Hubby said then that he would clean it up so I left it Laughing Laughing Laughing
( told ya I was patient)I needed space for Avon market stuff so had to move it. I swept the floor and moved a shelf there and sorted stuff and placed it!!!! Felling good about that!!!!!

I can almost see the dining room table. Cool.

I have brochures and flyers for 2 campaigns ahead that need to be stacked somehow. The flyers slide over and are just plain messy. Brochures are in cases.
Having a tea without a cookie or little sammy.

Lunch type groceries got. Kids have been super whiney and bickering. DS is playing with his gerbil. DD is in he room for now for now Evil or Very Mad saucy little monkey.
I think i will cut a box down to slide under a shelf to hold the sale flyer for Avon. Didn’t do the table yet. Kids were battling, opted for a change o scenery.

YEAH, the rain has started. Much needed. Farmers and my gardens are very happy!!!!!!!!!
It is teaming.
DOES ANY ONE USE A FEATHER DUSTER ????? I hate dusting. Wondering if it would make it easier.

My “office” is sorted out and put away and dusted and vacuumed!!!!!!! I have papers to file tomorrow. Feeling great about this!!!!!!

DR is only a semi disaster.
I am running out of steam. I may sit and fold laundry for a bit. Hope I can get at er again after that.

I am tired out. I just put iron on patches on 2 pairs of DS’s jeans that were already patched. Trying to get thru the summer. He mostly wears shorts now. He will need about 6 pairs for the fall.
Folded 2 lol AND put them away. The house isn’t clean yet...............

The kids are putting away stuff from the toy/craft room so I can vacuum. Much sulking going on but they are doing it.
Haven’t done either bathroom, 3 lol left to do, all the vacuuming upstairs to do.............I am pretty much done for energy.

I vacuumed. So the WHOLE mainfloor is tidy, clutter free , sorted out, tossed out and wiped down for the first time in months!!! I also showed the kids how to scrape their own plates and how to put them in the DW!!

I keep thinking about why things housework wise get so chaotic but it is really about lack of time. There are only so many hours in a day and the whole month of May was filled right up for both of us in every conceivable way and the bare minimum got done here. The kids and hubby do balk at helping but I am assuming that is pretty normal stuff. I get exhausted with the asking, encouraging, showing, disciplining etc . I was quite happy as a full time Mom and homemaker. Loved it really but the cost of living keeps going up......

I am still cleaning the kitchen, sweeping the floor and doing supper dishes. The floor needs to be washed but it wont get done tonight. At least my week is starting off a whole lot less cluttered and dirty!!

Hubby just breezed in from a friends.Went up to kiss the kids. Wind has whipped up. We need more rain.
Hubby was open to talking tonight. I mentioned it would be great if ALL of us me included tried as lot harder to keep things put away. he tried to make light of it. But I told him I was very serious. It was tough keeping on the kids and dealing with their meltdowns and nonsence about helping. No wonder I give up.

Was in bed for 11, read till 11 :30.

Today my focus will start with cleaning the upstairs bathroom and then vacuuming DS’s and our bedrooms. DD needs to clean hers. I have Avon orders to pack and 6 kids here all day.

MELODY525
06-19-2006, 10:04 AM
:welcome: Home Miss Painter Woman!! So lovely to see you here this bright and sunny Monday Morning!! Good luck with the stress test. We will all be rooting for you!! :cheer: I am sure you will pass with flying colors.

Madcat~ In the summer I make tuna and noodle salad. I use celery, sweet relish or pickles chopped up. I am not an onion eater but Jen uses it. You can actually use anything in it. We always use the broiler in the convection oven. Much cooler and meat tastes great!! My favorite is worchestershire sauce(sp) on a London broil or steaks for a quick marinade. YUM!

Teel~ so nice to see the birthday girl had a good time!!! I have a camera I have no idea how to use and the instructions are even more confusing! :rofl: So I just aim and shoot! :lol3: The card story was very funny....also cute. We had a good laugh over here. Thanks for the Linus update and it is not a shock to me. I thought it started before the baby was even born!!! :faint: I haven't been in my right mind myself but will try to remember to drop a line her way. have you been out and about in your buggy? :moped:

Happy~ Plunk your magic twanger froggy!! When I saw the frog bookmark, it jumped into my basket and said send me back to Happy. You should have heard me laughing in the store!! People actually turned around because the laugh came out like a guffaw! :rofl: So embarassing!! lol Enjoy. Glad the visit is going so well, new sandals and all. Great price. Vacation will soon be here :beach:

Shad~ Great progress with the bathroom!! Wow!!! You will actually be washing up in the right room now!!! :rofl: Does it feel good to finally have things going back where they belong? Must be. :dance: I can imagine the mileage on those tires!!! They have just been about everywhere! Have a great week. :hug:

Ceejay~ I used map quest for one of my rides. I couldn't figure out where some of these winding streets went and also they had no names. So I used it to get oriented with a neighborhood I didn't know. Also if I broke down, I needed to know WHERE I WAS!!! :rofl:

Holly~ Glad you found some space for the Avon and shelving. Keep up the good work.

Last night's sleep wasn't great. Cough, cough. cough. But the funny thing is that I feel better today. Even singing to the Grandson this morning too. We have been a silent household for so many days that I think he's in shock!
No Mall shopping today but if tomorrow is ok then I'll go to the supermarket and pick up a few items. Nothing big. Fever is almost gone. Better get some cereal inside me before I faint:faint:
Happy Monday and hope the week is a great one!

PainterWoman
06-19-2006, 04:06 PM
Thank you for your support.
I did not die on the treadmill.
I didn't know that you could tell them where you were on an exhaustion scale of 1-10 and that they didn't really WANT you to get all the way to 10. I apparently exceeded the "minimum desired heart rate by at least 15%" AND they didn't find anything obviously "wrong".. i.e., I didn't collapse, and they didn't say "we're sending you to surgery NOW." The darling MD IS sending me to a pulmonary specialist though. Apparently even with my ginormous boobs (or because of them,) I'm not getting enough air.

It was a luxory to be told to eat something greasy between the first CT and the second. Steak and Shake... FriscoMelt AND Cheese Fries AND Mocha/Mint shake. None of those things are on the Sonoma diet... but I'm OK with all that for now.

Holly you sound like you were a whirlwind. I don't like featherdusters much except in the bedroom. :devil: But the swiffer thingys are as good as they say they are on TV.

Happy... what sort of cards are you circulating?

Linus-- I hope you've found some peace and good cheer.

Teel-- do you go by Tipperteel on AIM? I should say hello some time if that's really you. Happy Belated Birthday... and I hope to see LOTS of photos.

Shad
06-20-2006, 02:03 AM
Hiya all

Just heard that I have got the job in Brisbane. And my agent has managed to swing 2 weeks of r & r before I have to start the job. I am happy.
That of course means 2 weeks of no pay, but I have saved enough to get me through that period. I will need to discuss and maybe revise my plans for the trip to US and Canada as it may be that I will have to work that period. Since I don't wan't (I don't think) to come in the middle of winter - although a white Christmas might be kinda nice!!?? Ummmm cold, maybe not. Anyway it now requires some thought. The rumour has it that the job could take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to complete although they are at this stage only contracting for 3 months. It's good money and I can live at home for at least the weekends and some of the weeks. I better send an esp message to Sunday the cat. That should cheer her up.

Ceejay, glad you got back safely. Those downpours are the pits to drive home in. I had to do that coming to Sydney and it definitely wasn't fun. Fortunately it didn't last until I got into Sydney so I was definitely happy about that.

Hey Mel - is that why Happy didn't like that ad on the banner. I never saw it at all. But then I rarely look at the ads anyway. Glad to hear that you are feeling somewhat better. Hope you get rid of the bugs soon. Take care around the other folk. Your immune system may be down for some time. In fact being brutal about it, it may never recover. Think surgical masks for the times you are with the local folk - all the best people do that - well Michael Jackson does it! Maybe not all the best folk.

Madcat - summer is the time to spend on salads, not just the boring old lettuce salad but things like rice salads, noodle salads, tomato salads, and don't cook the stuff (unless you fancy doing it at night time (two roast joints together)) buy cold cuts. Use low fat dairy dips to keep the protein and calcium happy and use vege sticks to scoop them up (amazing how much dip you can get on a bit of celery) I've got a recipe that is a dip in a loaf and although you do have to cook it, you can eat it hot or cold and you bake it in the loaf so no pots to wash.
Glad you've been having a great weekend.

Painter - I am not sure I am the greatest one to talk motivation and staying power here. I've slipped badly on the gym exercise etc. I could have gone. I just didn't, too cold, too hot, too wet etc etc etc. These are only excuses. You need to start with something you enjoy in the way of exercise. Walking, swimming, tennis etc. etc. Then you can add to the swing of things and do the exercise for longer or add another facet into the equation like crunches. Start small, work up. Something is much better than nothing. Something everyday is better than something every week. etc.

Teel, good to hear from you. Did the phone call prick the conscience - it seems like everytime I ring you post!!!! Maybe not, just seems that way. Love the sound of the camera. Holiday snaps????!!!!!

Happy, so glad to hear that the visit is going so well. What a great bargain on the shoes. I must get you to take me shopping when I get over there. I hate to buy shoes. My feet are so weird. What is the name of the book that makes Mum laugh so hard?

Holly - sounds like you are being very busy. Still if the household is to survive then all in it must participate or the whole thing sinks without trace.


Anyway, I had better move along. Oh yes the photos of Groote and some new ones in Wollongongs Buddhist Temple are now on the web. Click http://community.webshots.com/user/joy_clover/2 to view.

See ya

Shad
06-20-2006, 02:05 AM
Hope that link works

happy2bme
06-20-2006, 08:06 AM
Good morning chicks,

Spent my computer time this morning looking at Shad's pictures. Very nice. I am so envious of your beach and water shots. I could almost hear the surf and smell the sea air :cloud9: You have several shots of interesting subjects like the boats lined up against the wall. About 20 shots into the first album I realized I should take notes to comment. I loved the childrens statues in the pagoda gardens - such happy little faces, makes you smile just to look at them. :D Great shots Miss Shad, thanks for sharing them. What was that glass house business you had posted in the town with the old buildings? Glad you got a new contract and something that lets you stay closer to home. Bet if Sunday was the dancing kind, she'd be doing the :carrot: :dance: :jig: - and you know cats are not one to show emotions :lol: As for a winter trip, well... yes, it has it's own kind of beauty but -- you are a warm weather gal and cold is really cold here. Would you really want to drive on the wrong side of the road in the snow and ice :yikes: Not trying to dissuade you, looking forward to seeing you again, just not sure how much you'd enjoy things here in the cold. As it is, come October you're hitting autumn for those of us down south and as for up north Mel's way, it's already getting barren, gray and chilly. Autumn is what - early to mid September for you Mel? We'll see how your timing goes, eh?

Painter, I'm glad they didn't kill you on the treadmill and that you were able to exceed some of the standards. So the boobs were cutting off some of the air, were they? Darn things, always getting in the way. :lol: Oh you had to remind me of a FriscoMelt, didn't you? I was so excited when I found we had a Steak and Shake not too far from here. That's my hands down favorite sandwich.

Mel, glad to hear you are feeling a bit better and that you are singing again. Does the "grandson" sing along with you? :rofl: What's the song for today?

Holly, good luck trying to get everyone to pick up after themselves. I am constantly reminding DH - push your chair back, rinse your glass out, toss out the snack wrappers, put the garden tools IN the shed :gossip: Some days it works, most days it doesn't. :)

Well my time is up this morning. Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go...

MELODY525
06-20-2006, 09:51 AM
HAPPY~ WE WERE SINGING POSTMAN PAT FROM A CHILDREN'S CARTOON THING ON HBO. AN IMPORT FROM ENGLAND I THINK. YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT WINTER IN THE STATES.....AND CANADA. GOOD ADVICE...
SHAD~ WAIT FOR SPRING!!! :rofl: LAST YEAR WE HAD A LOT OF SLEET AND RAIN AND SNOW. SOME VERY STRANGE WINTERS OF LATE. BUT IT'S UP TO YOU. NOT NICE TO WAIT FOR BUSES OR DRIVE AROUND THE CITIES WITH THE REST OF THE NUTS. GLAD YOU GOT A NEW JOB AND SOME R&R TIME AS WELL!! :cheer:
PAINTER~ GOOD FOR YOU! GOOD LUCK WHT THE PULMONARY GUY. FINGERS STILL CROSSED FOR YOU!!
I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT! :rofl:

FRAN IN THE OFFICE GOT MY OTC DRUGS FOR ME AND RICHIE DROPPED OFF MORE GROCERIES. I TOLD HIM HE HAS TO STOP CAUSE I CANNOT POSSIBLY EAT ALL THIS! LOL JEN SEEMS TO BE OVER REACTING AGAIN AND I THINK IT'S THE OFFICE STIRRING HER UP AND SAID SO LAST NIGHT ON THE PHONE. MAKING HER FEEL GUILTY SHE'S NOT IN TOWN WHILE I'M SICK. IF IT WAS THAT BAD I WOULD HAVE TOLD HER EACH TIMES SHE COMES IN. WE NEED TO TRUST EACH OTHER......I THINK SHE GOT THE POINT. BESIDES RICHIE HAS TO GO PAST ME EVERY DAY TO AND FRO FROM WORK. :dance:
I WAS NOT UP FOR FOOD SHOPPING. A WEE BIT TOO SOON. FEVER STILL GOING ON AT NIGHT SO I HAD BETTER WAIT IT OUT A BIT LONGER. I WAS CROCHETING AND CLEANING UP A LITTLE YESTERDAY. NEED TO KEEP MOVING EVEN IF IT'S SMALL AMOUNTS.
THIS MORNING THE SUN WAS OUT AND A LOVELY BREEZE SO I SAT BY THE WINDOW AND WE READ THE MORNING PAPAER. BIRD ON HEAD THAT IS. HE LIKES THE WINDOW BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE WITH HIM. FOR SOME REASON HE IS AFRAID OF IT. YOU WOULD THINK HE WOULD WANT FREEDOM!! :rofl: :rofl:
WELL CHICKLETTES....TAKE CARE OF ALL YOURSELVES AND HAVE A MARVELOUS DAY! :sunny:

MELODY525
06-20-2006, 09:54 AM
PS TO SHAD~ YOU ARE RIGHT. THE THOUGHT HAS CROSSED MY MIND ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. IT WASN'T GOOD BEFORE ALL THE MEDS INTERFERED. Hmmmmmmm
I WILL HAVE TO FIND OTHER WAYS OF BOLSTERING IT. THE FIRST IS TO GET RID OF THE SUGAR!!!! :rofl:

ceejay52
06-20-2006, 05:37 PM
I've been singing "my bags are packed and I ready to go, I'm standing here outside my door " all morning. and another tune is I'm leaving on a jet plane. I'm so ready for Thursday to get here.

It's been hectic at work. My pedometer show's 2.6 miles and I'm not through yet, still have two more hours left. ugh. No wonder I'm tired when I get home.

I made plane reservations this morning to visit my sis that lives in Texas in July. She's stating that her oldest daughter and grand daughter who live in California are looking forward to seeing me again and who could refuse that. She called last night and is disappointed that she will not be able to go to Kentucky. Eli and Eva are her grandchildren but a death of a close friend's memorial service is being held on the Saturday the day of the birthday party.

I also paid for the internet course that I will be taking in July for hours toward the renewal of my water license. Sometimes I am just to tired to travel to Jonesboro or Paragould for 2 measly credit hours. I'm getting 8 hours for this class. If I play my cards right I could get a degree in Enviromental Protection. I'm thinking very seriously about doing this.

I almost panicked yesterday. I have a mole that is under my bra on my back and I thought it was bothering me again. I reach back to check things out and decided to give it a yank. I dropped it in the floor cause it wan't a mole but a tick. I'm keeping it for awhile to check on it occasionally. It should be dead. I picked it up on a piece of scotch tape and taped it to a sheet of paper and stuck it in an envelope and left it in the hot car. That's the first one that I remember having. I looked it up on the internet and it looks like a dog tick and not a deer tick.

Happy-you mentioned the storms. We didn't get very much in the way of lightening but it sure did rain and the wind blew. My grandfather would have called this one a gully washer. It was kind fun to watch the rain being blown like waves down the street.

Mel--If you find a way to boost that immune system fill me in please. I'm with you on over the counter drugs. I'd like to find something that would take the place of my thyroid meds.

I've got some mileage to put toward that goal of 500 miles but I'll need to look up how many I've accumulated.

Hello to every one else.:wave:

happy2bme
06-21-2006, 12:41 AM
I have an early class in the morning - have to get up at the dreaded 5 o'clock hour - oh horror of horrors :lol: and here it's past 11:30 already and I making my way, but still not in bed yet. Mum will hear me typing and yell down the stairs GET TO BED YOUNG LADY :nono: Nice to think that someone thinks I'm still a young lady :rofl:

Ceejay, I can feel your excitement all the way over here. One more day and you're good to go. Hope you have the very best trip and a safe one too. Sounds like you could use some serious R & R and fun with the kids time. Let your hair down and play. :D

Mel, I think you should do a few circles around the apartment singing to the grandson. We'll teach you some pirate songs. I agree a bit of movement each day will set you right. I've been making it a habit to do some stretches when I get out of bed and I feel better for it. It's almost an unconscious habit now. Of course if I sit too long - like today at work in a chair for 2 and a half hours straight - when I try to get up I'm so stiff legged. I had to stand there and literally "shake a leg". I can pretend I'm your peg legged pirate friend. Didn't someone here complain about chin hairs? They can be Bluebeard and we can make our own version of Pirates of the Carribean. Can't wait until installment 2 of that comes out. I hope it's as much fun as the first.

Ok, I must get to bed before the stroke of 12 or I'll turn into a pumpkin and then Shad will make soup out of me :stir: G'night mateys...

Shad
06-21-2006, 01:07 AM
bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, cauldron boil and cauldron bubble. Shad's version of Happystyle Pumpkin soup.
With apologies to Shakespeare.

GET TO BED YOUNG LADY

10 MORE DAYS TO GO.

You may have guess that I am counting the days. I have 2 more easy lessons to get through and 5 days of reporting training which I am very nervous about. I guess it will be okay in the end. Even if it is not then too bad anyway.

Happy I am not quite sure which of those buildings you are calling a glass house. Is it the hotel with all the hub caps on the front??? Or is it the old style shop with all the glass windows up top? I did mention that there are some weird home decorating styles in Berry I think.

Shad
06-21-2006, 01:25 AM
Hmm, did something strange to the thread and ended up posting it. Have no idea what I did to get it to do that. Some weird combination of keys.

Ceejay - Roll on Thursday hey?? Drive safely and enjoy the time away. I am so ready for my two weeks leave before starting all over again. Ticks on humans too??? Yikes. Better not come your way in the summer then. I remember Shad the dog had one once. He wasn't a happy little lad. We had to kill it off and then I kept him well dosed with Frontline. Guess that is not an option for us humans huh?

Mel - Postman Pat - well I never. Have fun singing that. Couldn't you find something like - " the corn is as high as an elephants eeeeeeeeeyeeeeeeeee annnnnnnnnd it looks like it's climbin' fair up to the skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy"
DS2 has a new lady friend who has a 2yo son. DS2 is finding out the joys of Bob the builder and a few other characters. He tells me that he has reservations about Sponge Bob since he doesn't trust anyone with square pants!!!

I'm so pleased that Painter did not die on the stress test. Now I wonder what we need to do to keep her coming back to the thread and letting us know how she is getting on. Some of my best motivation comes from this thread. I say I will do something and then feel guilty if I don't do it or carry on doing it. You lot certainly keep me grounded. Suzi??? Raven??? Roseblush???

Hollyhock
06-21-2006, 10:39 AM
Boards were down first thing but here i am now!!!

Looks like rain!

A good sleep.Hubby is home til 8:30 while waiting for a foundation to be backfilled. Kid are still snoozin. Having a coffee.

BIG stuff today. Might be getting my rocks from the farm. Sometimes hubby thinks my ideas are bunk but he was excited about this. My new friend the pro organizer is coming for an hour freebee in my office to give me ideas to keep things in check. And there is supposed to be a video segment being filmed here for the school conflict resolution program at our school later this aft BUT........ no one returns my calls about the details. That bugs me.

I also was asked and agreed to do the make up( makeover) for the cover woman of my business Magazine. Ordered the product thru one of my reps. I think we are doing it next Wed evening.

Had a few chips last night wiht hubby but not a entire 3 course meal. Still focused on losing weight.
Allergies are flaring up........................................
“ Uncle” P just brought 2 wagon loads of 300-500 pound rocks from a field he just cleared for our front yard. I gave him $100.00. I have 11 BIG ones and about a dozen smaller ones!!!!!!!
Getting there. Planted a pink climbing rose bush at the end of the deck by the swing last night. Paid $10.00 for it!!!!!!!!!! We have a hole started for a lilac bush out by the driveway beside the willow!!!!!!! That came from a friends back yard yesterday!!!!

Pretty soon we will be in our private little haven!!!!!!!!!!!!


Have blessed solstice!
I love this day of the year.

Madcat
06-21-2006, 02:41 PM
Wow, just a tad excitement at work yesterday. I went out to get lunch wth a couple of the guys and when we came back they wouldn't let us back into the building. There were a dozen fire trucks, and 4 or 5 ambulances, police and a black van with tinted windows filled with guys in dark suits. Seems that some brilliant :rolleyes: person on the executive floor above us had set off a can of bear spray :fr: which had gotten into the building ventilation and had forced the entire building to be evacuated. We stood around on the street waiting to see what would happen. Finally around 3:30 they let us in and allowed us to go back to our floor to get our stuff and shut off our computers.

I went home and watched soccer and hung out with the cats. It was nice and makes me think maybe I should take some time off this summer just to do nothing and have some fun.

Darn, I have to go to a meeting. There are many goofy things happening here. I hate drama and yet here it is swirling around me.

I'll be back later!

Meadow
06-21-2006, 02:58 PM
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/pd0349f760c7ad07eeba039effd23f31b/ee66ddc5.jpg

Happy Summer time!

ceejay52
06-21-2006, 03:26 PM
Meadow--What an adorable picture!

I may have gotten my wires crossed again. :?: I need to call Nicole and ask because I got an email from my sis and she mentioned Friday was my departure day. If it is, that's okay, because I thought about having this tick bite looked at before I go anywhere. My theory is better safe than sorry.

Painter woman--Glad you survived the stress test. Hmmm didn't realize that big boobs could interfere with not getting enough oxygen. If you find ways to keep motivated please let me know. I'll try for awhile and then just give up.

Happy--Enjoy your mom telling you "to get to bed young lady". My uncle calls me young too.

Mel--Babysitting your grandson sounds intertaining.

Shad-Stay out from under the pine tree's when you come to the states. I think I got this tick from sitting in the yard last week end under the pine trees.

Madcat-- What a frightening thing to happen at work! Glad you are okay.

It's time for me to get off the computer. More later.:)

MELODY525
06-21-2006, 04:21 PM
TOOK ME ALL DAY TO GET HERE. FOR SOME REASON 3FC DID NOT EXIST UNTIL NOW....ON MY PC THAT IS:rofl:
JEN AND RICHIE ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK FROM SHOPPING AND EXPECTED AGAIN IN A FEW. SHE WAS HERE THIS MORNING. THE BIRD IS PISSED CAUSE SHE LEFT AGAIN:lol3: NOTHING NEW HERE. STILL RECOUPERATING. (cough,cough) I HAVE TAKEN TO SUNNING EACH DAY BY THE WINDOW....GET THE LIGHT INTO THE EYES. SLEEPING BETTER AND FEELING HAPPIER AS A RESULT. SHAKING OF THE WINTER DOLDRUMS.

HAPPY~ PIRATESSES OF THE CHICKARREAN!!! I'M GAME AND EVEN HAVE CHIN HAIRS TO PROVE IT!! BUT I WASN'T THE ORIGINAL ONE!!! ROFL HOPE YOU GOT SOME SLEEP!!
WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE PROD TO MOM WHILE SHE IS HERE! :rollpin:

SHAD~ POOR DS BUT NOW HE WILL KNOW A BIT OF WHAT YOU WENT THRU!!! WHEN JEN HAD THE KIDS FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE WAS AMAZED!!! LOL

CEEJAY~ TICKS!!! YIKES. HOPE ALL IS WELL AND IT'S ONLY THE DOGGIE VARIETY. IT USUALLY IS. BABYSITTING THE GRANSON (JEN'S BIRD) IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT AT TIMES!!! HE'S GETTING OLD AND CANTANKEROUS.....AND SO AM I! :rofl:
YOU ARE GOING TO BECOME A TRAVELING GYPSY SOON!!! GLAD YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO LOOK FORWARD TO. ENJOY!!! HAVE A SAFE TRIP. SEE YA SOON. :wave:

MADCAT~ ALL THOSE UNIFORMS AND I MISSED THEM. I MUST SEE WHERE I CAN ME A CAN OF BEAR SPRAY AND TRY IT!! :rofl: SHOULDN'T BE PUTTING IDEAS INTO MY WEE HEAD MRS MAD!! :rofl: GLAD IT WASN'T SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS AND I TOO HATE DRAMA OF ANY KIND AND IT ABOUNDS ALL AROUND ME.....KHARMA.....NOT ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE :lol3:

MEADOW~ THE WATERMELON CHILD IS TOO CUTE FOR WORDS!! BRINGS BACK SOME GOOD MEMORIES.....BOTH REAL AND IMAGINED. :lol3:

HOLLY~ HAPPY SOLSTICE TO YOU ALSO.

Shad
06-22-2006, 02:18 AM
Hey, hey last night was the longest night of the year. It seemed like it too. Seemed to be dark forever this morning. Biggest problem was that I had drifted off to sleep on the couch and then couldn't sleep properly when I finally got to bed. So on and off I was reading and snoozing from around 2.00am. I'm now feeling a bit shattered.

Had my class of PC bunnies today. They were a great bunch of men, but they were certainly not great on the pc. I'd had them on Tuesday and we were going quite well. Today it was like the fog came down and it wasn't until nearly lunchtime that the fog rolled away and the lights come on. Anyway that is over now and I have only 6 more training sessions to go on this contract. Definitely looking forward to my two weeks off.

Wonder if Happy is still awake. 5.30am is early for her. My DS1 maintains that time hasn't begun at that hour of the day. Nevertheless I hope she is snoozing and having pretty dreams.

Holly - rocks huh. Sounds like your yard will look interesting when it is finished. Love the sound of the climbing rose!! How do roses fare in the winter up there???

Madcat - Bear spray???!!! what does one do with Bear Spray?? Spray it on the floor and a bear materialises? Does it repel bears? Do we have many bears on the executive floor?? Anyway you have been give some time off the job. Pity you didn't know about it earliers you could have stayed at lunch longer.

Meadow - you just have to love that kid and the watermelon. What an adorable picture.

Ceejay - If you have Thursday off as well, you can take your time to get to wherever it is that you are going. Take a few sideroads and see a few sights. I love to get off the beated tracks.

Poor Mel - the site shut her out!!!! I must have been asleep when the threads were down. I didn't have the problem. Glad to hear that you are getting some sun. Mind you I am not quite sure that the Vitamin D which is absorbed from the sunshine actually travels through glass. But so long as it helps you to rest, relax and feel good, then who cares. Enjoy the sun.

Where is Raven and Suzi, and Carla, and Rose, and Tig, and Painter??? Come out, come out wherever you are!!!!! :frypan::kickbutt:

PainterWoman
06-22-2006, 02:42 AM
Greetings....
DH and I had a hot and sweaty game of Ping Pong in the dining room this evening. Whoo hoo. My (almost) favoritest exercise. The cat enjoyed chasing the shots we missed.
CeeJay-- ewwwwwwwww about the tick. Glad you got it and that there are no secondary effects.

Madcat... please tell this city dweller what the scoop is on bear spray... Is it like Pledge for carnivores? Do they spike their fur? Never heard of that.

I like the Sonoma Diet book... makes sense to me... though I might oughta go to bed because my tummy's feeling empty.

ceejay52
06-22-2006, 07:13 AM
tried t call Nicole last night. I left messages. She was probably busy getty the little ones to bed. I called my sis and she told me that Nicole was expecting me today. I told her last night that I will be going to the doc this morning just to make sure that the tick bite is okay. I'm a little worry wart.
She said that Niicole had plans for she and I to go shopping for the birthday cake on Friday.

This will give me a bit of the morning to put things together. I'm going to take some healthy things to snack on also.

I may not be here the rest of the week end. I'm gonna play with the babies.

Everyone have a good day.

happy2bme
06-22-2006, 08:28 AM
First of all, the stupid toenail fungus ad is still around, now it's on the main page for me - at least I only have to see it once. What was going on with this site yesterday? Had real difficulties getting in here. :(

Ceejay - that's pretty scary about the ticks. Good thing my swing outside has a canopy! I usually associate them with walking through the dense brush. Eek. Hope you have a wonderful trip, enjoy the kids.

Shad, guess we are opposite of one another. Longest DAY of the year for us yesterday. So first you teach the crew SAP, then you teach them PC basics? No wonder they are in a fog :comp: :chin: :dizzy: :rofl: 2 weeks off - can it get any better than that?

Mel, what's this winter doldrum stuff? It's the middle of summer!!!! Or are you having a cool one up your way? Get that sunshine shining on you woman.

Painter, good for you on the ping pong game. Enjoy your rocks Holly. Another great picture Meadow - loved it!

I join the group in asking - what IS bear spray Madcat? At least it got you out early - tho the stress of what the heck happened is never good for the nerves. :hyper:

Time to get off to work. I get my service award pin at the team meeting today. It's only 9 months late :lol:

MELODY525
06-22-2006, 02:59 PM
:cofdate: Sitting here with an iced coffee. Probably be up all night :rofl: It's a lovely day outside with a sun and clouds mixture. Threw the window open for awhile. Started really getting down to the nitty gritty of cleaning the wheelchairs and airing out the apartment......including me. :beach: I am going to food shop for myself tomorrow. I need healthy food and Jen and Rich don't seem to know what that looks like! :rofl: So it's off to the store for me. Then later maybe a short ride in between the thunderstorms. :moped: I need to catch up with the office and the bldg in general. One of my pals Tony passed away. I only have old Jimmy left. They always loved to flirt with me. We made a great trio. Lots of laughs. I want to spend some time with Jim....he's really grieving. So I won't be here tomorrow. I'll see you over the weekend. Have a great end of week :sunny:

Shad~ the window was open!! :rofl: Soon your "school" will be out. Whatever will you do on your 2 weeks R&R???? More house work?! lol

Happy~ It seemed like as soon as the weather turned good, I got sick and missed so much already! :faint: Having a grand time with the family?? CONGRATULATIONS ON THE TEAM AWARD PIN!!! WTG!!! BE PROUD!!:encore:

Ceejay~ If it's not too late.....have a great time! :cheer:

Painter~ bet the cat loves ping pong. Great exercise for the cat too! :rofl:

PainterWoman
06-22-2006, 04:08 PM
Congrats Happy on your service pin... doesn't it frost you when the employee appreciation is, um, second rate? months late?:devil:

Mel.. thanks for the reminder about iced coffee. I LOVE iced coffee... especially with non-fat "cream"... yummy. The MD gave me Ambien, so I don't HAVE to be up all night. What would make you feel happy right now... even if it wouldn't make you feel "good."? :hug:

Glad today is second longest day here because I've got nothing to show for it so far... And I have a monstrous to-do list.

But... lunch was a green pepper, cottage cheese mixed with berries and yogurt.. so I'm on plan and sort of (!) full.

whoo.
And more hot ping pong this evening!:carrot: (the carrot IS really dumb...)

(I am SO glad the 3fc update notification is finally working again... though the uploads are slow slow slow. would hate to think it's me. :dizzy:

Madcat
06-22-2006, 08:40 PM
As far as I know, bear spray, or more accurately bear repellant, is sort of like mace or pepper spray for bears. It comes in an aerosol can. If anyone cares for particulars, the company that makes it is here http://www.bearrepellent.com/. I do have a friend who carried it for work but of course she worked in Northern Alberta and lived in a fire tower, so that made some sense. But why would someone have it in the downtown core of a city of 4.5 million people??? I hear the spray came as part of some golf course promo package (where, in Siberia?). I suspect the idiot was playing with the can just to see how it worked and it went off.

You know I was maced once before (a coworker accidentally set a can of it off in her purse). It is NOT pleasant. If I had only know they weren't going to let us back in to get out stuff until 3 my coworkers and I would have found a patio to have a drink.

Meadow~ What a great picture! My mom always used to say never eat anything bigger than your head. That is so adorable!

Mel~ Nothing quite like some good light therapy – even if it is through a window. You would have been so proud of one of my coworkers – she was running around getting pictures of the firemen and the bike cops in their shorts (whistle) with her cell phone. It was so cute!

Shad~ It is so strange that while you slink into the long night we turn our faces to the longest day.

PainterWoman~ I'll be curious to see how the Sonoma diet goes. Ping Pong sounds like a fun time for the whole family. Dunno – but Hot Ping Pong sounds a lot more fun than the regular type!!

Ceejay ~ Have an excellent trip and fun playing with the babies. Give them a belly kiss for us.

Happy~ How come I never get to see the fungus ad? Congrats on the belated service pin.

Mel ~ (revisted). So sorry about your loss. Good luck tomorrow. Poor Jimmy. Hugs to you both.

Pretty good day today. Biked to and from work. Went to the gym and did 2 miles on the treadmill. Had a good work day and got quite a bit done. I'm mocking up a document for our office in Singapore. It's hard to document processes when the guys who do the work live half way around the world. I'm still having problems not having chocolate in the afternoons. I do really well until about 3 and then things go to heck in a handcart. But I think I only had 2 pieces today. That is at least an improvement.

PainterWoman
06-22-2006, 10:14 PM
Aw, Mel... sorry about your friend.
I think we're old enough to start taking up with younger men, though....
As soon as you are up to it. :-)
MadCat: Thanks for explaining the "bear spray"...

The cat got into our wooden bowl of ping pong balls sometime during the day, because when we went to play this evening, there was only one (there had been at least a half dozen...) so we had to chase them down: under the piano, in the laundry room, under the buffet... HA!

happy2bme
06-22-2006, 11:44 PM
Hmmm, where can a cat hide a bowl of ping pong balls? :chin: :idea: EVERYWHERE!!! Boy that cat must have had fun.

Madcat, your experience is why I try to always take my purse with me. Even in a fire drill. Been stuck outside like that once - at least now I have my car keys with me - let the PC burn :rofl: Good going for working on the exercise and the chocolate.

Mel, I'm sorry about your friend. :hug: that's so sad when you start losing parts of the "gang". Now, go be a friend to Jim...

I probably will be gone for a few days myself. Tomorrow will be a busy day at work tying up loose ends before vacation. Then I come home and hit the ground running with all the little last minute things to get ready for company. My sister and family arrive on Saturday and my nephew and his wife are coming for a few days the following weekend. I'm not even sure I'll have time to take a lurkin' type of peek around here before Sunday. And I am going to bed in less than 10 minutes so I can get up a bit earlier tomorrow.

Be good and behave yourselves, I'll see you at the end of the week... I'm passing guard watch over to Sargent Shad :drill: - after all, she's got the teacher's pointer.

suzi in auz
06-23-2006, 01:35 AM
I have sat here and had a lovely read. I go away for a week and look what mischief you all get up to. I actually thought I had posted but hadn't!!! Hmmm
You are all in my thoughts!!

Tig and Shad, thank you for the Pm's. I haven't been on and so they were probably sittting there for a while....doozy me and when I did see them i wan't sure if I replied correctly. I think i have it sorted now.
The week has been a bit of a whirl with sickness and getting things sorted for our trip. Our family seems to be a family of jet setters at the moment.
DD10 was sent off to the Gold Coast on Wednesday to see her Grandma who is staying at her apartment in Broad beach. It was the first time we had sent her off on a plane on her own as an unaccompanied minor. She was so excited and it was quite momentous!!!
I have missed her little self these past few days.
Dh is off again this weekend to NZ. he has a party to get to. He should have a ball. I have realised that it is jut so easy to get there. Really I think it's so easy to hop around the place and so often I don't take advatage of the fares. Life is too short and everyone is growing up too fast. If we don't take advantage of time it won't be here!!!

Shad, how exciting about your time in The Gong coming to an end and Congrats on the new job. It will be so nice for you to be settled again at "home" and for you to have some time off. yaaay you. I have sent you a tect today hope your training went well. I don't klnow but for some reason I thought you were in Wollongong until the 7th, the 1st is coming up fast and so this weekend is a must. :) I will look forward to it. The boys can oragnise themselves for a few hours and perhaps Sunday morning? I have to pick up DD from the airport at 2pm

Mel i hope your sinus's are better...ugg. Nasty buggers. interesting the comment about drugs depleting your immune system. there could be something in that. It will be good to catch up with the Dr's. YOur new "Grandson" sounds hilarious. I have a great joke about parrots.....:D

Ceejay I don't know if you are winging your way yet but I hope you have a wonderful break , you deserve it. What a great idea about the diploma. a great idea. Congrats on all the exercise you have been doing and the water intake.

PTW lovely to see you back, hope all the tests and everything wrked out/

Holly I love reading about your world. it does remind me a little of mine, even though we at slightly different stages, the frustrations are so similar. Hang in there, you are an amazing person to achieve all you do.

Meadow I loved the babe with the watermelon, how old are your babes? The paddling pool incident rung a bell with me :)

Tig...hello. I am very excited at the thought of meeting you in a month. I only hope I can drive!!! :P I'll be the crazy blonde woman on the left! Directions directions please!!!! We'll talk soon.

Life is good isn't it? I love the idea of meeting some of my lovely friends from here. What a treat!!!

Teel....a very happy birthday to you! and to linus also. i hope things are wonderful in your world. How funny about the card....well it's a huge compliment you up and coming designer you!

a huge :wave: to everyone!!!!:hug:
I have just the boys home with me for the weekend. I'm not sure what we are going to do yet. I think the movies are on the agenda. DS14 has work at Maccers and so we might try a movie inbetween. DS12 wants to see the Di Vinci Code which I havn't seen yet. We have both read the book.
Last night the boys and I went to see "Click" with DH. A fun movie and worth a see, a giggled and had a couple of belly laughs too!

I must get back to work , only 1 hour to go
toodles and love
Suz

suzi in auz
06-23-2006, 01:43 AM
I'm so excited!!! I just talked to SHAD here and we are meeting for coffee on Sunday....yaaaay!!
It was lovely to speak to you...can't wait!!!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:
:hug:
Suz

Shad
06-23-2006, 02:02 AM
Hiya all,

Well my boys have all gone. They got through the lessons intact although there was a couple of them that needed LindaT's cattle prod. However they did work hard, and some of them have just evolved from the stone age to the silicone chip. They have come a long way. They paid me the compliment of telling me that they liked my presentation because it related to some of the things that they do and don't like and that they do and like as well. I could apparently relate to the job. Yeah, I should volunteer for the Oscars next year or the Logies at very least.

Suz - good to talk to you. I have put our date into my phone calendar to remind me to get moving about an hour before we are due to meet so I can be more or less on time - always provided I can find the train station again. Maybe I will have to get a train - just to get to the right place!!!! Funny but I always thought you lived in Manly!!!!

Happy - enjoy your break. If you can get in that would be great. Otherwise we will just wait for the happy snaps when they come in!!

Mel - so sorry to hear about the death of Tony. Always a blow when one of our charmed circle is no longer with us. Take a pace forward and make the circle smaller and give each other :hug: :hug: - lots of them.

Madcat - thanks for explaining the bear spray. At first I thought you had spelt it wrong and you meant beerspray. I thought to myself that the wily Canadians have invented a way of inhaling the stuff.

Painter - didn't that cat have fun with the pingpong balls. Lovely.

Ceejay. You sure are going to have fun on this trip. Have a wonderful time.

Well I had better go pack up here. Get it looking abit ship shape. I have the managers in next week for reporting training. Wish me luck. I went delving into the store cupboard this morning and chucked out lots of empty boxes and bits and pieces - the cleaner will have a blue fit. :yikes: :faint:

See you all tomorrow.

suzi in auz
06-23-2006, 04:30 AM
shad, isn't that funny about Manly!? ...well i do like Manly but don't live there, too much of a bottle neck for me. I like the little bit of laid backness of The Shire, ( must be the kiwi in me) I am really looking forward to Sunday, see you there glad the day went well and you have brought all the crew up to the 20th century! :). I am getting growled at by my Ds for being on the puter too long so must fly....

suzi in auz
06-23-2006, 04:32 AM
MEL (hugs) sorry to hear about the passing of your friend

suzi in auz
06-23-2006, 07:15 PM
:wave: happy i see your little light aglow. Have a lovely day today or hope you had :)
Hope all the chickies have a great weekend. I came back to read and found I was the last that posted, so you haven't been busy beavers while I slept.
Cheers for now I am DHless and so i think it might be time for some serious shopping ;)

Hollyhock
06-23-2006, 11:09 PM
HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Just caught up with everyone. BIG HUGS!!!!!

I have been sitting on the deck and admiring my rocks as much as possible. Mostly tickled for getting about $5000 worth( from a landscaper) for the price of gas for a friends tractor.Nice granite and sandstone...... They are looking a little neked all by themselves tho. i will need to move some ornamental grass and tiger lilies to cosy them up.

Business is GREAT. Signed a new rep today!! Spent some time with a pro organizer and re did all my office/files set up. Had 9-11 kids coming and going. 3 more school days left and then we are on summer holidays...........looking very forward to less pressure to get the kids places. They are ready for a break too.

Good friend came by with her 2 kids for the evening. We sat out on the deck and...... admired the rocks and shrubs and chit chatted about life.

Very , very busy Hollyhock but very happy too. Been getting back into minding my intake and lost 2 lbs this week.

Much love to you dear women!!!!!!!!!!!

MELODY525
06-24-2006, 09:58 AM
Well let me just say that yesterday did not go as planned. I went to the store for a big food shop and felt very "outside" myself there. Willy got me home and Jimmy(maint) helped me put the groceries in the kitchen. He even helped with the refrigerated items. I think it was just too soon for such physical exertion. I was glad they were both so helpful but felt bad as it's not really their job to be looking after Mel. :rofl: The rest of the day was spent in the A/C and just doing small jobs with lots of resting in between. All this had something to do with the chest congestion and oxygen I am sure. When I see the Dr on July 5th I will inquire and take notes :write:
Thanks for all the good "Tony" thoughts. Old Jimmy is a wee bit under the weather with the stress of it all and his emphazema(sp) but we got to hug anyway.
Hope you all are having a great weekend :moped:


Painter~ The cat's teeth can turn all the PP balls into whiffle balls! :rofl: Batter up!!! Hot Ping Pong?? :belly: never heard of it but it sounds absolutely wonderful!! :carrot: (he does look a right arse doesn't he?) :lol3:

Mad~ The picture taking co-worker is a woman after my own heart!! I would have been doing the same thing!!! :rofl: when I run into the firemen at the store I ask them "has anyone said thank you today?" It's such a scary job to my mind and I want them to always know we appreciate them all. BTW- i recently substituted Russell Stover sugarfree candy for the regular stuff. It really helped me cut the carb craving.....even for cookies and cakes. Not entirely mind you but a LOT!!!:p

Happy~ Go out and make lots of wonderful new memories on your vacation with the family. Enjoy every minute away from work!! :hug: I'll try to be very well behaved while you are gone. Cause Sgt. Shad :drill: scares the crap out of me!!! :yikes: :faint:

Shad~ Those boys will miss you when job is done. Hope they got all the instructions right!!! We will put you up for the Oscar nomination over here!! Lovely Golden statue for you!!! :queen: Glad you will be meeting Suzi. Little does she know what she's in for :rofl: :rofl:

Suzi~ I am only kidding with Shad.....she doesn't bite no matter what anyone else says! :lol3: Glad you two will be meeting. She is a truly good person in her heart. Have fun!! :cb:

Hope Ceejay is enjopying her trip also. Where is everyone else???? :wave: and :hug: for them all. Happy Saturday and Sunday for those coming on later:sunny:

Hollyhock
06-24-2006, 01:26 PM
Good Afternoon!!!

Fab morning, a few sales, some good contacts, great chit chat, a glorious summer day, checked on the draw basket at the show, doing well...................

Had a good talk with my ND about 10 days ago about my weight. She asked why am i over eating...well it is for ME time. I LOVE my solitude, i like to be alone for loooong periods of time and have not had it for several years so I treat myself to yummy food for a similar feeling. I was instructed for Saturdays after the market not to come straight home, go someplace and just 'Be". I picked up a ceasar chicken wrap and a pepsi and went to the park and sat and rested and had lunch ALONE for a 1/2 hour. So far so good.

I am going over to a friends for a pampered chef party and then promised to take the kids to the beach for 4pm. HUGS!!!!!!!!
Hubby has a very sore arm and is resting today.

Shad~ we have lots of beautiful roses here but i am assuming they are hardy varieties, rose gardening is quite popular. This is my first rose bush. I LOVE climbing pink roses on a veranda. I will need to investigate their care now that I have stuck it in the ground.

(((MEL)))

suzi in auz
06-24-2006, 06:39 PM
Hi all!
Had a lovely day yesterday but really missing the family unit. We have been a little disjointed over the past few weekends. I know the vacation time will take care of that but I really can't wait!!!It's strange just having the boys home with DD away and DH. The boys are pretty self sufficient now. They just get on and I felt a little removed. It's funny how when you driv ethem places they just sit in the car and mooch. I am used to having my ear yapped off with my DD. DS12 and I did enjoy Da Vinci Code. It was a mind bender but perfectly understandable if you had read the book. If you hadn't then it would have looked like nonsense. I do like Tom Hanks and of course Audrey Tautou is gorgeous.
I am so looking forward to meeting one of my friends from here. It will be lovely SHAD...how special. I will come back to report.
Mel...Big hugs to you!!!:hug: I totally understand how you were feeling, it sounds as if you were mentally and physically exhausted!! It's ok for others to help you you know :) You are a special person and so giving. Bless your cotton socks!!
Happy and Ceejay.:hug: i hope you are having wonderful times with your families.
Shad ...see you soon :carrot:
Holly....good for you seeking some advice, sometimes we need someone else to intervene and SEE our situation for what it is. Yaaay on the 2 lbs. Your garden is sounding wonderful. I am not surprised you seek solice some days. You have such a full life!
Meadow:hug: tig:hug: linus:hug: PW:hug: Madcat:hug: Carla:hug: Raven:hug: Teel:hug:
Hope everything in your world is good.
talk soon
Suz

Meadow
06-24-2006, 10:34 PM
Hubby went all out tonight and bought a t-bone steak to barbecue. Wonderful dinner with new potatoes and salad.

We put the big pool up. It is 30 degrees here today. I found a new tree I want but of course no one here has heard or ever seen one, sigh. I should stop watching gardening programs. It is a Pyrus salicifolia 'pendula' or weeping willow-leaf pear tree. Ornamental, gets tiny little pears on it but those are for the birds ;) I will have one someday :D It is so hot here and I have a mesquito bite on each leg. I had to put a dress on because I couldn't stand the way my trousers were rubbing on them.

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Mel-you know life isn't all about you doing stuff for others. I'm sure those fellows were grinning with glee being able to give back some of your kindness by helping you out. Did you buy strawberries? They are at their peek right now. I hope you are feeling a bit revived after a rest. I got some books on tape from the library. One is read by Lyn Redgrave, Rosamunde Pilcher stories. It is very relaxing to be read to, perhaps you might consider doing that for yourself? A nice cool drink, some fresh strawberries and press play on the tape machine and be transported :) :hug:

Shad and Suzi are meeting up!! How exciting:cheers: It is already Sunday their time :D

Shad-what else are you going to do with your two weeks of personal time? Will you buy something new? I hope you get a good send off from this group, they sound like you really got through. I'm sure they are very grateful that you took the project on.

Suzi-My oldest daughter, 8, never stops talking. She pulls subjects out of thin air, like when is she going to the dentist, who will be her teacher next year, the colour of people's eyes, etc. You will have to go outside and kick/toss the ball with your boys to get them to talk to you :lol:

Holly-Why are you over eating? Why is there air? I think it would take a psychiatrist to sort me out on the eating question or the why don't I exercise regular? Too many layers on this onion to peel. I adore the sound of your landscape rocks. Roses like lots of deadheading and fertilizer. I usually give some 6/8/6 to mine mid summer, to help them boost up for winter. They like mushroom manure too. Climbing roses are very forgiving with the pruning, make sure your cut is just above an outward facing bud and you will have them blooming beautifully :)

Happy-How is your mom visit going? Are all the clan ralling round to get a piece of her? Are you smiling hugely? I hope it is good weather and you are enjoying it all. Congratulations on getting your pin, did they shake your hand and thank you for a job well done? Are you proud? You should be ;)

Painterwoman-your kitty pingpong theif incident was so funny. I can just picture you crawling around looking for them :) I bet your furry friend was watching like a hawk, paws at the ready :lol3:

Madcat-I knew what bearspray was but couldn't imagine how/why it was let loose in an office. The wild animals have learned to use elevators now :p

Ceejay-what did the doctor say about the tick mark? It certainly doesn't hurt to ease your mind and check these things. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Teel-good to hear your card art is being appreciated and complimented. Must have felt really good to get one of your own back with such a nice message inside. Thank you for letting us know how Linus is doing, good that she has finally had a diagnosis that makes sense.

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Summertime and the living is easy...

Hollyhock
06-24-2006, 10:38 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Bend,_Ontario

This is where i spend my free time in the summers( since before I was born), my folks dated here, Hubby lived just up the lake from here for 20 years. Had a LOVELY time with my kids.
I am seeing a new and thankfully pleasant maturity in DS . We played catch and dug holes and made castles for the first time ever since he was born without a trauma, drama or CONSTANT supervison and redirection and discipline from me. I felt an abundance of JOY!!!! DD and I swam and jumped huge waves. We went to the main drag for burritos and tacos for supper and then had ice cream and walked the main beach, ran races etc. weeheeeeee. Went back to my folks ( they were away) took showers, had a hot tub, showered again and came home.

It was a real mini vacation today!!!!!

Hiya meadow!!!!

suzi in auz
06-25-2006, 03:34 AM
Oh Holly this place looks lovely! I can just picture you all playing in the sand , thank you so much for sharing. Those childhood memories are so special. It's wonderful that you can go here and relive them.

Meadow. I loved your panda. I copied him and sent him to a friend he was so cute. Your little tree sounds perfect. I have a cute ornamental orange tree in the back of my yard. I really must move it though because i can see it. You are so right about girls. I picked up Sarah from the airport today...my girly and she just chatted and chatted. She made friends on the flight, she just chatted and chatted and then asked if they thought she was a chatter box. They of course said YES! She thought it was a huge joke and said she loves entertaining people, if she isn't talking, she's singing or dancing about the place...
I have just had a lovely day.
I met SHAD for a lovely BRUNCH ...i didn't even know what she looked like but saw her immediately. It was so nice to see a "real" person from here. I was very excited. What a great person!!! Mel i didn't get prodded once!!!:)
We chatted and chatted for ages and it was so nice not to have to write :P
just listen. Yummy brunch too on SHAD thank you so much! I don't think I thanked you. I hope you had a great rest of your day.
Ok I must go organise, DH is home soon and the house is a little jumbled. Would like to have it sparkling! Don't you love it when it does? Tea is a cheat of a takeawy, but a healthy one, grilled chicken and cous cous salad from the deli and the kids have lasagne which they LOVE!!

Must fly! xxx....tomorrows list
gym...at least 40 mins, must tell them to suspend membership
pay pool shop
shopping
dinner
house work

MELODY525
06-25-2006, 08:35 AM
:cofdate: I am so glad the meeting of Shad and Suzi actually happened.:hug: :hug: :hug: :cheer:

Suzi~ Jen called last night and did her best imitation of a chatterbox! Sometimes I miss it. Enjoy the young years.:hug: I look at Jen now and wonder where they went!! :rofl:

Shad~ I was just thinking of Sunday last night and how she will be loving the time you have off and will you be home each night with the new job? She'll be beside herself with glee!!

Meadow~ When you get the tree all you will need is a partridge! I was already starting to sing Xmas carols just reading about it! :rofl: I bought organic beef and made some hamburgers for "recharging". Yes I got strawberries and plump, juicy blueberries. YUM! Enjoy the pool. It's hot and steamy here.....feels a bit like Louisiana rather than New Jersey!!:beach:

:rain: Lots of dark weather this weekend and looks like a lot more to come for the next few days. The cable channels are filled with upcoming hurricane warnings for this year in our area. I remember them well from the 50's. Seems to be the right time again for them to arrive. Better get some rain gear and tires that go fast on wet pavement! :moped:
I think I have to give the Mall a miss tomorrow. It's a bit far away if I need to come home so best not to take the chance. My SIL called last night. Seems she and the DB have decided to live together part time. :?: She'll be spending time with her mother in Florida. WTF! I can't keep up with them! :rofl: :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:
This weekend was filled with comfort food but in small portions. One was a BLT on toasted dark German wheat bread. Bacon is sooooo much better than sex!!! :lol3:
I've been thinking of tomatoes, lettuce and bacon since Happy started growing her plants!!
Breakfast is calling my name. Have a great day!!

MELODY525
06-25-2006, 08:38 AM
Holly~ The idea of climbing roses sounds terrific. O love them too. We had trellises all over the back of my grandmother's garden. she was a florist. Good luck with them..... also good luck with the "me" time. So necessary for a Mother's sanity for some reason. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Shad
06-25-2006, 05:40 PM
Morning all,

Has to be a quick run by again. But with a little luck I will be back this afternoon. Today is all about reporting. I have just discovered that the training computers don't have the mirror version of the real life system so now I have to go put it on all of them. Bah humbug. It will take me forever. I'm really not looking forward to this.

Suzi - great to meet you yesterday. You're welcome to the breakfast. Pity the bill came to $995.40. Did they really think we were going to shout the whole cafe? I had a nice drive home through the Royal National Forest and took a few photos. What I really forgot was to get a photo of you and me. Poop. Aaaah well the joys of getting old. Now our phones seem to be getting into the act and ringing each other at wierd hours.

Gotta go. The 'boys' are arriving. This is scary - they are 20 minutes early and I am definitely not ready.

:yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :eek: :eek: :eek: :stress: :stress: :stress: Or maybe

:rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :frypan: :frypan: :frypan:

MELODY525
06-26-2006, 09:37 AM
Just waved goodbye to a friend in the office. She is leaving for vacation. Mama Mel will have to keep an eye out for the other chicks. they don't function well on their own. :faint: good thing I am feeling better. the sun actually came out for a few seconds yesterday afternoon:sunny: I basked in all it's glory. Pity we are having so much rain:rain:
:cofdate: I am sitting here with my coffee and waiting for the day to begin.......:rofl: Just can't seem to get into gear. I have been enjoying lounging around too much.:p

Meadow~ I have quite a few books on tape and forgot about them. Guess I will dust them off and take a listen. Good idea:carrot: Thanks:hug: some Clive Cussler, Agatha Christie, Martha Grimes.......I do love a good mystery. Not too gory though. I went to bed dreaming of sandcastles by the sea......:bubbles:

Shad~ maybe they will be having you stay awhile longer!!!! :lol3: You of all people to forget to take a pic!! good thing I already know what you both look like:rofl:

Suzi~ so happy you got to meet. I am thinking of lasagna now!! lol I bought a can of couscous about 3 years ago and never opened it up!!! wonder if it has an expiration date on it! :rofl: How is the house? Sparkling by now?????

OK Peeps....gotta go and find something to keep my busy today and get these old bones moving:moped:

happy2bme
06-26-2006, 12:07 PM
Everyone got here safe and sound. We are having a great time. I keep meaning to get in the pool but we are off wandering during the day. I'm still trying to recover from 100 trips up and down the stairs getting the house in shape. I need to rest my feet for one day - good day to sit in the pool. Tomorrow we are going to the zoo. I never realized we had such a nice zoo here and we are lucky enough to have a pair of giant pandas too.

Sounds like you are all doing well and as busy as usual. Glad to hear Shad and Suzi had such a nice visit. Always great to see the chicks in person.

Almost time to get lunch ready - just wanted to pop in and say hello. :wave:

suzi in auz
06-26-2006, 07:47 PM
I thought I would sit here for a little while before my day starts. I am supposed to be at the Gym but am very uninspired at the moment.
My cell phone is flat and I thought i was charging it but discovered the charger was off. I thought I better give it half an hour before I go out. it's usally on days when it is falat that the school calls or there is an emergency...what's up with that?
I don't know what it is with the Gym at the moment. I think i am allergic. I just can't seem to get there. I like to walk around the neighbourhood instead. I don't think i am fitted to be a GYm person. Mind you the body looking back at me in the mirror might disagree...ugg. All those lumps and bumps just were not attractive. I went and had a look at some shorts to take to Orlando with me, some of the stores here had them on sale, uggg. The little short ones i couldn't squeeze into and they just looked hidieous. I did manage to find some flattering ones....ug. I had a friend once who used to go shopping and then find chocolate. It really can be depressing, no matter what our shape I guess we are not happy.
I Mel...so you are mother chick now? It's nice the vacation time at work, hopefully a little slower? The house is sort of sparkling, I got carried away with cooking yesterday, made cookies fr the kids and pumpkin soup. As a result the floors are filthy so must fix them up, it won't take long though.
The tape library is GOOD! My SIL who finds it difficult to read loves her books. There is a such a range now.
Shad, I hope your group is going well, i know it's going to be a busy week for you but the count down begins.
Happy nice to see you pop in. I am glad to hear that everyone is settled. How many do you have with you....I LOVE company, it always feels a little flat when everyone leaves.
I think the Gym might have to be put off until a little later....oh well
I'm off to meet a friend for coffee...sounds a much better idea :)

Toodles all and have great days!

ceejay52
06-26-2006, 10:39 PM
I'm back from Kentucky safe but tired.

Some one mentioned the tick bite. The doc gave me some antibotics to take cause there was a slight infection around the area. It is alot better.

I really had a good visit. Eli said my name which made my day and Eva is just a baby doll. She was getting to where if she saw me in the room she would crawl to me. I think there favorite person was there aunt Deb. She was so good to them. It's grandma and grandpa's time this week to play with them.

Suzi and Shad glad your visit went well.

To all the rest :wave:

I didn't have time to read all the posts but I'll be back.

MELODY525
06-27-2006, 07:55 AM
:welcome: Home Ceejay! :cheer: I am very glad the trip was so good and you had fun with kids and family. Nice to touch base and get to know Eli and Eva. Sorry to hear the bite was a bit of a bother. Hope everything will be ok now :hug:

Happy~ The Zoo sounds great fun and enjoy! Hope the vacation weather is good and you all have a grand time!!

Suzi~ I was never a gym person even before the chiar. I liked the outdoors better too for walking. I used the Mall trips for the wintertime. Orlando watch out!!! Here comes Suzi and she's strutting a new pair of shorts!:belly:

WHERE IS THE SUN????:sunny: Even the "grandson" is depressed!!! Jen is running out of ideas to keep the kids busy in the house. They go out as much as possible. Just so long as she doesn't bring them here! :rofl:
I have already been downstairs to recycle and leave notes. that should be enough for today. I woke early and decided it was better this way. let them think I'm not "up" to being with them. I made the decision last night. I cannot afford to get "sucked" back in.......and I am such a SUCKER for needy people!! :lol3::lol3:
Off to the shower and brekkie. Have a wonderful day:moped:

Hollyhock
06-27-2006, 11:43 AM
Mel~ everything I love and plant in the garden seems to be what my Grandma had.

Late Avon meeting last night, then I watched Canadian Idol til 12:30. Up at 6 for a breaky meeting at 8am. just had a wee lay down with dd. 2 other kids just arrived. Lots to do but not feeling overly motivated.
Food has been good but struggling with some water retention.

HUGS!!

Meadow
06-27-2006, 11:44 AM
Mel-don't let them drag you into their dramas! Pretend they are sugar lumps and avoid those needy people downstairs, you don't want cavities:p The weather here is major warm, I'll take a huge breath and blow your way. Wait for the warm wind from the West, it will be me:D

Suzi-I'm glad your were successful in finding a decent pair of shorts. The kind in the stores where the butt cheeks hang out don't make a good impression. You are representing your country after all when you are in Disneyland;) Gyms smell :p

Ceejay-good that you did get that tick bite checked. Aren't babies fun to play with? They are just so new and delicate and precious. Good to hear you got back safe and sound.

Happy-Oh boy! Pandas! Have a grand time at the zoo. Take lots of pictures, share :D Hug your mom for me, tell her I'm glad she is visiting you too:hug: I hope all the siblings are behaving and not making her scowl.

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Fruit salad, yummy, yummy
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Meadow
06-27-2006, 11:47 AM
Hi Holly :wave:

Hollyhock
06-27-2006, 07:42 PM
My black Hollyhocks are starting to bloom!!!!!! My late June-July garden is so enjoyable. Tiger lilies, primrose, salvia,daisies, painted blanket,late peonies,coral bells, blue bells, blue clips, lavendar, stella d'oro lilies,tickseed.............bliss.

ceejay52
06-27-2006, 10:45 PM
Holly--Your flower garden sounds lovely. I can smell the lavender from here. What is tickseed? Nicole's, my niece in Louisville, flower garden was beatiful.

Mel--You sound like me in getting suckered in by the "i wants and needs" of the other person. I still have a hard time saying no.

Suzi--When is your trip to Orlando? Believe it or not I bought a couple of capri pants to wear in Louisville, but only took one pair. I don't feel comfortable in shorts anymore.

Happy-- I didn't realize that the Panda's were still in Memphis. Enjoy your vacation.

Hi to Shad, Painter Woman, Madcat, Carla and the others :wave:

It seems there is a rumor floating about me missing work Monday. I was really a very sick woman late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The IBS flared on me. I called work on Sunday afternoon and told my co-worker that I was sick and then called my boss and told him. My co-worker is the culprit. Unfortunately, he's bringing up the other time I went to Louisville and came home sick. I was in bed for almost a week with a temperature over 100degrees, anxiety and depression from the death of my nephew. I want to ask my boss whether he believes me or the other person. Circumstancial evidence can hurt a person. His statement is "why did she not ask for another vacation day." I'd planned to come home on Sunday.

Had a phone call from the dermatologist today reminding me of the appointment on Thursday. I thought the appointment was in the afternoon but it's in the morning. I may pack up and spend the night with the aunt and uncle. It would be closer to go there and be in good hands at the same time.
She believed me when I told her that I was sick.

It's suppose to get down to 63 degree's tonight. I don't feel comfortable in leaving my window's open at night.

MELODY525
06-28-2006, 08:05 AM
THIS IS FROM SHAD:
"Last night I finished up in the training room, closed my laptop down and voila when I got back to the office it won't go anymore. 3 Computers broke down yesterday and now the new laptop doesn't appear to have any internet access. Must be coming to the end of their own project life. So I will try from the remaining training room computers today to get onto the site but if I can't, I'll have to rely on you (sorry to burden you with the job - can't find anyone elses email address) to ferry messages back and forth until Sunday or Monday when I get home. Best thing about today is that it is Wednesday!!!! Only two more full days to go and today. And I am working in the same building as the twit.

Just tried one of the training room computers and it won't let me on either - maybe I have outstayed my welcome.

Flat is practically packed up, from tomorrow night I will start to pack the car and will clean the bits that haven't been cleaned so far. The fridge is nearly empty and I will be eating some most peculiar meals from tonight. Tonights dinner is Salmon with rice in one form or another after that it will be Healthy Choice dinners. Very few veges left so will not be a balanced diet for the next couple of days. At least they feed me here so I can make a pig of myself at lunchtimes I suppose. My strange landlord (lady) is supposed to be coming around with some papers for me to sign so she can pick up the bond as the last 2 weeks rent and still hasn't got here. I will try to ring her again today. I don't know what to do with the keys if I don't see her or him before I go. They are definitely not your usual landlords.

God it is cold down here. I want to hibernate all the time. I'm really looking forward to getting back to some warm and sea breezes and not the Antarctic blasts we are getting here.

Anyway better go and set up the training room ready for the lads and lasses - not that there are many lasses down here. It's real male territory. See yuh'

MELODY525
06-28-2006, 08:33 AM
:rain: There is sooooo much rain and darkness it's feeling more like Fall than Summer. :p I can honestly say that I am feeling very good today for the first time. More like "myself". The :sunny: should be out by Friday. Just in time for food shopping. I should be strong enough this time. Jen called last night and said she is ready for a "divorce". :rofl: Told her you have to be married first! :lol3: Those kids are 2 :devil: !!! Can't say as I blame her.
Yess Ceejay "no" is such a tiny word and I am really struggling with it! :rofl: But I have made great strides forward. Pity it took getting hurt on the bus to get me to "see the light"> :dance:
Nothing new here. Just sorting, reading and tidying up.
Happy Wednesday! :moped:

Ceejay~ I hate rumors!!! Hope the boss man sees right thru to the truth. It was a fluke that you had problems both times. Also IBS cannot always be predicted and he should realize that too. Good luck:hug: :hug:

Holly~ I love lavendar. Does the stella d'oro grow cookies????:rofl: some of them are my favorie treats!!!

Meadow~ I can hardly wait for your "breath of Summer" to arrive! :sunny: The fruit salad looked delicious. I had French Vanilla Yogurt and blueberries yesterday! I am becoming addicted to it!

PainterWoman
06-28-2006, 02:04 PM
Holly-- it is hard to believe your hollyhocks are just starting... Mine are about pooped! We are on watering restrictions... 1x week at night... and even the hibiscus (which is practically on top of a sprinkler head) looked dreary. Fortunately most everything else is a perennial so they suffer on valiantly in the heat. If any of you want to trade some heat for water (and can figure out how to do it, please let me know!!)

CJ.. good for you checking with the boss and being proactive. I hope you can expose the whiner/backstabber for who s/he is.

Mel-- are you mildewed yet? I agree with Madcat... limit your exposure to leech-like needy-people! You don't have to give yourself up to be appreciated. but sometimes it's worth being appreciated by different people!

Well, my darling daughter is SO pumped on her health kick, I'm actually going to commit to enter all my food on Fitday... through Juy 31. I'm enjoying the boost I've gotten from Sonoma diet... inspite of yielding to the convenience and comfort of an apple fritter this morning.

Start anyway, right? And restart and restart and restart.

TTFN

Hollyhock
06-28-2006, 02:51 PM
Last day of school!!!!!!!!
A delightful picnic with the school kids at school. Had lunch with DD in the enclosure. Sweet!!! Said a BIG goodbye to the K teacher. I have had a kid in her class for 4 years. We are pretty good friends.
Then ran over to the park and had "lunch" with DS.A FUN visit there too with teachers and parents and kids!!!! It is getting HOT.Home for some water, answered some calls and now having a java. My little girl here is puttering playing house. Life is peachy!!!!
At 2 I will build a casserole for supper, kids home at 3:40, I leave by 4:10 to do the make over( I am doing an Avon mkae over for the cover of the magazine) and then find food somewhere and then a meeting at 7pm in the city. I will be DONE with Avon sales meetings etc til Sept!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a feeling I will be offered that job again. I told them to ask me next summer.LOL!!

Tickseed- http://www.tripplebrookfarm.com/iplants/Coreopsis.html
blooms till frost!!

HUGS!!!

Shad
06-28-2006, 05:10 PM
Morning all,
I managed to kick the computer back into Internet mode again. Don't ask how, I'm sure it wasn't legal.

Good to know everyone is ticking away. Holly the garden sounds lovely and the Avon exposure can only help with the sales. Lot of work for you but I'm sure you will cope.

Mel, thanks for keeping me in the state of play. It's good to have some back up.

The landlady appeared on the scene last night. I've signed away the rights to the bond and we discussed some maintenance problems coming up in the flat. She's delighted - all the problems belong to him!!!

Apart from 2 days of clothes, shoes and personal stuff, all is now packed in bags and boxes and resides in the living room right next to the front door. Tonights jobs are to clean the inside of the car and clean out the fridge and freezer. Then all I have to do is a quick dust, pack the car, and a thorough sweep and we are done. Saturday morning is scheduled for blast off time. I'll leave early to get through Sydney before the world wakes up and be well up the coast by the time the sports fans get out of bed for their weekly games. I should then get home to Brisbane about mid afternoon on Sunday with another 1100km on the clock in the car.

Better go get some coffee (who knows there could be some motivation in the jar) and then sort myself out for the boys. I hope I don't get too many today because I don't have enough documentation to give out anymore. I guess I will have to print some more out some time today. Darn it.

Stay good

MELODY525
06-28-2006, 07:55 PM
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:hug: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU NAE!! HOPE THE DAY IS GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL ONE!!:hug:

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Madcat
06-28-2006, 09:18 PM
This may end up being somewhat quick – big thunder rolling in the distance. It will be good. It's been so humid today - maybe the rain will break it. I can feel a cool breeze already through the windows. Gym this morning and walked home with a friend in the heat. Had to lie on the bed "in the altogether", cooling off. Fans are good.

I heard something interesting today. A friend of mine who works for an unmanned provincial government agency just went through a server upgrade to 2003 – seems that now they can't send to any AOL or Sympatico addresses. Apparently there is some "white list" they have to subscribe to (at a cost $$) before AOL or Sympatico will accept mail from them. Not sure if it is a Microsoft thing or a firewall issue or something else, but it's sort of evil.

Happy Birthday tomorrow, Nae! What Mel said!!!

Shad~ Welcome back. Hope the computer fix didn't involve percussive repairs (that's where you kick it until it works again). It will be over soon and you'll be home safe and sound with time off. How great is that??

Ahh… here comes the rain. Lovely!

Holly ~ What do you have planned for the kids for the summer?

Painter~ restart is right – until that alternator finally kicks in. How nice that you have support someone to urge you on. A month is a nice chunk of time – not so long that it isn't possible. Good luck.

Mel~ Glad you are feeling good in spite of the weather. Rainy outside but sunny inside. Keep practicing those "I'm sorry, but I can't"s. Good for you. "Thanks for being speaker for Shad"

Ceejay~ good for you for nipping the rumour mill in the bud.

Meadow ~ the fruit salad looks great. I've been incorporating more fruit and fibre into my diet this week. This morning was bran buds, yogurt and fresh strawberries. It's strawberry season here. There is something decadent about beautiful fresh fruit. Someone made a website of it?? That is terrific! :lol:

Waving to everyone else!! Time for me to go do something else.

ceejay52
06-28-2006, 09:52 PM
Just a quick note before the light on the cable box goes to orange again.

Happy birthday Nae.

I may not be here for the rest of the week as the co-worker told me to many irons in the fire.

I will be back later.

MELODY525
06-29-2006, 09:58 AM
It's an orangy kind of day :rofl: Just got back from the office. Low and behold what did I find by the fax machine......but the 2 parcels that were supposed to be given Willy to mail out of the country!!! :tantrum: I brought them upstairs and will give them to him tomorrow so his wife can send them out Monday. It amazes me that no one even noticed them for over a week? Instead of voicing my displeasure, I left in silence. Wanna bet NO ONE will dare bother me today? :rofl: Tomorrow is food shopping and I am going to give it another try. So I'll be late.
Today will be chair cleaning and charging day. Already started plugging 2 of them in first thing this morning. Now for some cleaning and spray waxing.
Enjoy the day Chicklettes:moped:

Shad~ Have a safe trip home. Hug sunday for all of us and drop into bed!!! :faint: Glad you got the apt. sorted with the landlady. :wave:

Madcat~ Wonder if it's because of this AOL 9.0 Security Edition. I have that one now and it comes with McAfee stuff already in it. Some virus protection, a firewall and adware scan.....called AOL Security Center. :dizzy: But it's all Greek to me!:lol3:

Ceejay~ Hope all the irons get sorted out! Are they afraid you won't give them undevoted attention?

Painter~ good for your daughter. I have a journal and when i actually write everything that goes past these lips, I am astonished at times just what I eat! :yikes: Good luck!! apple Fritter huh? :o

Holly~ Hope the mag makeover went well. :D

Meadow
06-29-2006, 10:48 AM
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Happy Birthday Roseblush!

Shad
06-29-2006, 05:15 PM
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A very happy birthday to Roseblush. Hope it is all that you could wish for.

Morning all.

At last we are down to the last day of the project. I am hoping I don't get too many takers for training today as I don't have a lot of material documentation left - I think I printed some yesterday but for the life of me I can't find it!
Am I loosing it or something? Sometimes I think I am.

The house is cleaned and the car is partially loaded. Just a little left to do now and I can go to bed for the last sleep and an early morning start. Yahoo. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Mel, those parcels will be the end of you. Don't overdue the cleaning today, make sure you rest up for tomorrow.

Wonder if Madcat has come out from under the fan yet. Probably not likely if DH caught her in the 'altogether" under the fan. They're probably only just getting started!!!
Actually the computer fix involved a test to see how fast it could go and for how long when thrown across the F3 freeway. I fear it will is now more and never will be. That is why they give trainers and trainees all the crap machines because they don't want to know about them by the end of the project.

Meadow, that fruit salad looked luscious. Yum Yum. Some lovely graphics from you again. Has AB gone into retirement or something. Haven't seen or heard much since he was on Parkinson a while back - but then I am out of the loop down here anyway.

Is that Carla still lurking??? And how about Raven???? Nice to see Painter back. Where oh where have the others gone. Rose?? Teel?? Linus?? :wave:

Ceejay - while they are talking about you they are leaving others alone. Forget the rumors - so what. It'll either be proved or disproved as time goes by. Just get on with the job. If they have time to gossip, they are not working to capacity.

Better go. I may have to do a runner back to the office to get those papers. Drat leaving them behind.

PainterWoman
06-29-2006, 05:28 PM
Shad-- hope you have a great trip... although I missed (way back when) where you are heading to this time!!

Mel-- happy cleaning... it's good to "read" that you are out of sickness and doldrums. People can miss the most AMAZING things when they want to. The old Elephant in the Living Room syndrome. (Hubby says I "miss" anything below my knees... I never have to vacuum as a result...:D )

Madcat-- the US congress apparently voted NOT to keep the Internet Neutral (moveon.org's term) and MY #$%^'d senator cast "the" deciding vote. (I would think all who voted against were deciding votes... but I digress). I had a lovely chat with her assistant... but since Hon. Senator and I have NEVER been on the same side of any issue, I feel that my democracy is a sham. Grrrrrrrrr.

but I haven't eaten anything inappropriate today. (No apple fritters! And yesterday I had enough fresh fruit and veggies that I was at a low calorie total anyway. Fit day's graph was amazing though because tons o' calories were from fat... (relatively). Hmm. Think that's a cue?

Stay dry... and relatively cool y'all.

happy2bme
06-29-2006, 06:50 PM
A very happy birthday to you Nae :hb: :woo: :balloons: Hope you have a most lovely day! Please forgive my lack of graphics. My nephew has confiscated, um I mean is using my computer and is totally enthralled with a video adventure game that he can't play at home with dial up Internet access. He is just loving high speed Internet.

Poor Mel, I hope it dries up for you, I am hearing from all sorts of folks the woes of all the water on the east coast. I think you need to take Painter up on her swap heat for water offer.

Can't stay, we're getting supper together - grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, Meadow's fruit salad and sliced fresh veggies.

I'll try to get back later once the nephew goes to bed and the computer is mine again :D

Shad
06-29-2006, 11:54 PM
Won't be back for a couple of days. Be good - look after yourselves.

suzi in auz
06-30-2006, 12:59 AM
Hello all :wave: Finally a chance to catch up. It has been one of THOSE weeks.
Happy birthday to you Rose! I hope you have or had a happy day.

Happy i'm glad to hear you are enjoying your relatives, how nice. It's lovely having that time together. Funny what you said about your nephew!! I totally understand. I call it highjacking!
Hi PW, you good thing you. I have been like a ganet lately and seem to be always hungry. I am trying to counteract it with lots of walking.
Speaking of staying dry. The news has been awful with all the flooding everywhere. It really is that season again. I watched people really worried about a repeat of the disaster of Cyclone Katrina, how scary for you who are close.

Shad you should be all packed away by now and :wave: to you. I see your little egg glowing. I hope everything runs very smoothly. Have a careful trip home. Watch out for the mad families on vacation up North. I hope the roads are not too busy. Make sure you wave to me on the way.

Mel, hmmm...how annoying about the parcels. The one thing you wanted done and it's not....well. Silence speaks volumes. I am sure they will hear you loud and clear. I hope you had a great trip to the mall today and that you are not too tired. Good luck with the cleaning!!!

Meadow, hello to you, beautiful rose

ceejay. I hope you are not too snowed under with catch up stff.

Madcat. funny about the screening thing on the puter. It sounds like a money making scam to me, doesn't apply to us as mostly all of Aus and NZ are on Micrsoft not AOL but still

Holly how lovely to be the last day of school. It's the same here and the kids have all finished for the winter vacation. With our trip down to DW we are going to be off school for 1 month. Usually just a 2 week break. They are excited. I think everyone is ready for a change and a rest. i am looking forward to the family time. Your garden just sounds dreamy. I would love some photos

This weekend is the first weekend for weeks that we will actually be together as a family. It will be nice. We went to see Superman returns last night. I really enjoyed it and it was a waltz down memory lane for us all. The new chap does a wonderful job of Superman and carries on Christopher Reeves legacy.
I was so proud of my little girl this week. She is a funny one. She came home one day very distraught and upset saying she doesn't like her life in Aus. She didn't have any friends and everyone says she doesn't listen, she was in tears. The next day she was chosen to represent the class for pucblic speaking and she was asked to audition for singing for the school. She came home that night and was so happy, she was in the finals for public speaking and also made the group for singing:carrot: :carrot: As you can imagine her spirits were lifted. It's so nice for her to have a boost.
I do love the vacation time and am looking forward to time with the kids. It's been a busy time lately and it will be just nice to chill.
14 more sleeps......yeeeeehaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!
:hug:

happy2bme
06-30-2006, 01:08 AM
Hi Suzi! :wave: :wave: :wave:

MELODY525
06-30-2006, 12:31 PM
:wave: TO SHADF FOR A FEW DAYS??? WHAT??? ON VAcation from 3fc???:ROFL: glad the job is done and you are on the way to going home!! Safe trip!!!

Happy~ hope the vacation went as planned and the time is being well spent with the family!! :beach:

Suzi~ Every time I see a commercial for Disney World I think of you and the family!!!

Ceejay~ :wave: to you also and i am going to sinus dr on weds. Did you say you had gotten a new drug that is working well? I lost my note.

Painter~ Was thinking about you and DD and the Sonoma Diet. Bought lots of veggies, fruits and nuts too. :dance:
Good job with the food selection!!

Madcat must be still under that fan. Hope she put clothes on when she went to work though!!! :yikes:

Meadow....loved the blooming flowers!! Great stuff. Are you guys enjoying the pool???? :sunny:

Did the food shopping. Came home and put it all away. Bought a lot of pre made stuff. Salad etc. For the first time in a long time, I will be glad to see this sinus dr. My whole right side will just not decomgest. What a pain this is!!!! I also find that while I feel better in the house, I am definitely not feeling good after I have been out. Wonder if this is the result now of 30 years of smoking?! :faint:
Well I am not going to let it spoil my summer. We had no electric for 2 hours last night and Jimm and I babysat the tenants in the lobby. I think that might be one of the last times I do that. Very exhausting without the A/C.
It's a great big salad for lunch and some organic yogurt and blueberries for dinner I think. Keep it light.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and stay well. :moped:

Shad
07-01-2006, 05:29 AM
Hi honies, I am home. Yep did the whole trip in one day instead of two. But I'm whacked. Just had to get on the computer and download the sunrise. See what you think of these

Shad
07-01-2006, 05:32 AM
Haven't finished yet. They look better in full size. Guess you get the full effect then.

MELODY525
07-01-2006, 08:53 AM
I may have missed the sunrise in NJ but got to see one here!!! Gorgeous pics! Thanks Miss Shad!!! You must be tired after all that straight driving.
:welcome: home my friend:carrot:

I got up early and have been doing the odd jobs that I have been putting off. with the 2 hr blackout...it reminded me to change all the batteries in the flash lights and battery lights around the house. the next one might be longer. So that's today's agenda. Attack the "to do" list :rofl:

Happy Saturday :hug: and have a pleasant weekend:moped:

happy2bme
07-01-2006, 10:07 AM
Good morning ladies,

I was up early this morning. Mom, sister and family are on their way home :( We had a good visit. Tried to get them to stay one more day but they couldn't. My nephew and his wife got in yesterday, will be here through Tuesday and then vacation is pretty much over until Christmas break. We had / are having a nice time. We even got a few shots of lightning and thunder yesterday just to appease my sister and her love of storms. :dizzy: :dunno:

Shad - your sunset picture are GORGEOUS I love the lighthouse settings, can't pick a favorite beyond that - each shot has something appealing it it - the angle of the sun, the ducks in the water, etc. Thanks for sharing. Are you on your 2 week break now? :dance: Enjoy...

Suzi, won't be long now before you're headed over our way. I hope the waters stay calm so that you have good weather and a good flight. It rains there but dries up very quickly as I remember. It's great that you are getting in some family time.

Mel, when the weather gets muggy, I feel a heavyness in the chest, wondered too if that was residual from the smoking but my non smoking buddies said they feel the same way too. So I think it's just the air itself. Hope things dry up for you so you can enjoy some summer. What weather you are having. Perhaps you should be constructing an ark in senior craft class? :rain: It's supposed to be 97 degrees today but very muggy. Buggy too. The mosquitos are terrible here.

Painter - I had to smile at your comment about democracy. I have long felt that our elected officials do not represent the interests of their constituents. But we could debate for hours, couldn't we? Good going on the better food choices.

Hellos to Madcat, Ceejay, Meadow, Tig, Teel, Linus, Holly and Nae. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

I have some laundry to attend to and about to swap guest rooms for my nephew. I also have a refrigerator full of bits of "this and that" that people saved which needs to be tossed. My mom is notorious for putting 2 bites of something back in the refrigerator for "a snack later" that never seems to come. :lol:

teel
07-01-2006, 10:23 AM
Hello all!!
At last I have managed to get into the site! Was it down last weekend? Ah well I am here now!!
Phew its hot in England at the moment! Well at least in London it is supposed to reach31 degrees tomorrow. Here it is about 26 degrees and I am in the study with the television on watching the tennis at Wimbledon. At the moment Agassi is losing!!!:o Not by much but still not winning! And later of course the whole of England will be glued to the Enland v Portugal match in the 1/4 finals of the world cup..such a choice!!
And now it is already the 1 st July...only 30 days till my holiday!! Yipee!! It should be lovely by the coast...I can just imagine it now..the sun shimmering on the water and the baots whizzing round for Cowes Week!
Hello to Shad!!:hug: Its so good to have you home again from the wilderness! You must be exhausted driving home in one day instead of two! Time to put the feet up and get the iced water out of the fridge and put the sun hat on....oh!!! I am SO sorry...I forgot!!! We are the one with the heatwave weather!!! You then can get the coffee pot on and still put those feet up!!

Nae...I missed your birthday! I do hope you had a great day!

Mel I hope the sinuses start to wear themselves out soon! Nothing worse can I imagine!

Happy I hope the visit from mum went brilliantly and you all had a great time. iI hope you are not to worn out with all the entertaining :D

Don't tell Holly, anyone, but I am planning on giving her a bath whilst the weather is hot!! She won't be too pleased by the prospect!! She is going to stay with Edwina whilst I am away in the New Forest. As usual she will be thoroughly spoilt!!

Ok thats all for now...hello and a hug to all! Wrap up or keep cool depending on where you are reading this!!

Love from Teel xx

Meadow
07-01-2006, 01:22 PM
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Shad
07-01-2006, 03:07 PM
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Happy Birthday Canada. To all our Canadian friends, have a wonderful day.

happy2bme
07-01-2006, 05:07 PM
Happy Birthday Canadian friends :hug: :hb:

ceejay52
07-01-2006, 05:48 PM
Hi Shad. your egg light is on :wave:

ceejay52
07-01-2006, 05:54 PM
The only thing I know is that it is hot.

My cousin's son's birthday party went well. I enjoyed the time there and as always hated to come home.

Guess I'm going to have to start mowing my own lawn again. It hasn't been touched in 2 weeks. I'm going to start about 5 p.m. an do the front yard first.

Dr's visit, dermatologist, went well on Thursday.

Took my pictures to be developed today and most of them turned out well. I'd forgotten about the ones I took at my sisters in the spring.


Going to go check on the status of the lawn mower and get started. Yes, I'll be careful in the heat and drink lots of water. :)

Shad
07-01-2006, 06:59 PM
Morning all,

Ceejay we must have just missed each other. Glad to hear you are moving along okay with all those Dr appointments etc. I'll have to have a look at the status of my lawnmower as well. The grass is growing....grrrrrr.... it's not supposd to grow during the winter.

Jumped on the scales this morning and nearly threw them out!!!! I have gained 5 kilos since I have been away. So starting today, it is coming off again. I'm about to go shopping for some good and healthy stuff. Tomorrow morning I go back to the gym. It's time!!!!

Slept well last night. Mind you I have been kept extremely warm by a furry body parked as close as possible without actually sitting on top of me. And it is demanding kitty time as often as possible as well. We've had a couple of cuddles and then I have been off and doing something and coming back to her for more. She's not moving too far away from my side yet. She did poke a nose outside and sat about thinking for a while, but it was all too much and she had to come in for a snooze.

I uploaded those photos to webshots this morning as well. I haven't finished editing them yet. But if you want to see the full size pics they are there. Go have a look. I've put the sunrise series up as my screensaver for a while. Darn they are good. I am happy with those.

Hi ho, it's off to shop I go.

MELODY525
07-02-2006, 08:25 AM
I AM VERY SORRY I MISSED THE CANADIAN HOLIDAY. I HAD IT ON MY CALENDAR AND THEN JUST FORGOT! :hug: SO SORRY!!:dizzy:


Well I went and did it yesterday.....dropped a small table on my big toe! :tantrum: Don't ask. Then I had to make a hole in the nail to let all the blood out and relieve the pressure. . I'll leave out the gory details but it involved a tiny screw driver. :yikes: No sense in having to make a trip to the hospital and sitting in the ER for 6 hrs in pain waiting for them to do it. :(
Can you tell this has happened to me before? :rofl:
Pain is minimal so I am hoping I can still go to the sinus guy on Weds. :crossed: Also hope I don't lose the nail.
Other than this, the day was boring. :rofl: Very hot and humid but thank God we didn't get all the rain that surrounding cities have. Plus we are high on the Hudson Cliffs so our flooding is nonexistant. OK gotta go and elevate the foot!:p
Happy Sunday/Monday! Enjoy!!!

Meadow~ Thanks for the graphics....I should be shot for forgetting:rofl:

Teel~ I can't believe only 30 days left!! Thje time is just flying by. Just your thoughts on it sounded lovely. Hope it will be everything you dreamed of. Always nice to "get away" from it all!!! :beach:

Happy~ so sorry the vacation is winding down but glad it was a good one. Hope the feeling lasts till Xmas!!! :mrsclaus: :ginger: :santa: Before you know nit we'll be decorating our houses!! :lol3: Just remember YOU said the C word first!!!!! :rofl:

Ceejay~ :welcome: Home again you traviling queen you!! :queen: Happy to hear you had anothe good time. Yes....lots of water while mowing!!!:moped:

Shad~ Sunday will be glued to you like a leach!!! No way is she going to take a chance of your're escaping from her realm again!!! Not for awhile at least. Enjoy the down time. I must go and browse the pics this week. Lighthouses are my favorite. :carrot:

happy2bme
07-02-2006, 10:18 AM
Oh poor Mel and her toe :hug: Owwwwwwwwwwwwww :yikes: I cringed just reading it. My toe feels for you too. :( I'm glad you're not under water. The scenes on the weather channel are scary.

Going to be a hot one today. High of 98. I will get in the pool - though I have been saying that for over a week now and it never seems to happen.

I have been waking up around 6am for the last few days. Want to bet that will end on Wednesday when I really have to get up at that time and go to work? :s

Did you get that lawm mowed Ceejay? DH was drenched from doing ours yesterday.

Did you entice Holly into the bath Teel? 29 days till holiday - how exciting! Can we all join you? :lol:

Meadow, I loved the eh part of your graphic :rofl:

Shad, I think Sunday is going to dig those claws in and attach herself to you. Poor kitty. At least you know she loves you. :D

Ok, coffee's ready. I'm about to go get a cup and look at Shad's pictures. Have a fun Sunday y'all.

Hollyhock
07-02-2006, 11:19 AM
Shad~ you have a real talent for photography.
Mel~ OW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meadow~ happy Canada Day!!!!
Happy~ are floating in the pool?
Teel~ HI!!
Ceejay~ glad the pics were nice.
PW!! MRS MAD!! and all hellooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Yesterday was nice for all of us. I am really suffering with allergies. Much more than recent years. My eyes are constantly weeping and my head and body ache but with meds I am hanging in. Eveyone is taking summer wheat off around here right now. I am thinking that is the current culprit.
DD has been exhausted and having meltdowns which are unusual for her. She had 2 looong sleeps in a row. Hoping for another tonight. I slept in til 10 am this morning. It took some gentle nudging to DH's backside to get him up with DS at 7 but he did. I needed to sleep.Just having a coffee and rhubarb muffin right now.
DH accomplished so much yesterday. He was in a great mood( his back must have been feeling okay). He finished the swingset from moving it and did the last sanding of the drywall in the bathroom( ready for primer) and did other chores around the house. I baked and did housework after the market.AND harvested my lavendar. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
We headed up to the lake at 5pm. It was pleasant. Didn't seem to be as much partying going on as last year, thankfully. There were a couple of passive aggressive digs made at me by my Mom and they had all celebrated my Dad's bday on Friday night with a cake and gifts and I was not told of the plan. AND they could have waited til everyone was together on Saturday. My Mom has issues with us not going and staying for 4 days like everyone else. I tried it once, hubby wont stay and the kids were soooo unhappy and none of us slept and we only live 25 min away.
My parents had planned to take DD to the rodeo in Aug which is the same weekend as our friend from Tokyo is coming. So I cancelled the plan with my folks. My Mom went on and on and on about the rodeo to DD. I had not even mentioned the rodeo plans to DD. It wasn't until Aug. My Mom went on at length to me about how important this all was to her. I told her that in the scheme of our daily life is was not a huge deal. There were millions( literally) of things to be down and taken care of between now and August and it just hadn't come up yet. Needless to say she had DD in tears because "Her mommy wouldn't let her go to the rodeo with her Grandparents." sigh.
breathing and letting it gooooooooooooo. I do focus on the fact that my parents are kind and loving( in their own way)and I DO have parents, their intent is for the best...............
Done venting.
I had to listen too all of them complain about their cleaning women after supper last night. :roll: Now I am done. :lol: :lol: :lol:

There was much wind and a bit of rain but the fireworks did go off at 11pm. They were beautiful. Kids conked out on the drive home. I did the "feed the animal tour" after we got home but Domi the gerbil had chewed a hole thru his cage and was missing. We did find him happily hopping about in the diningroom. We caught him, taped up the hole in the cage and all is well. I was certain Rainbow had had a gerbil snack.

Todays plan is to R&R for the rest of the morning. I need to do some Avon work and I am still working at putting school stuff away and cleaning. Oh, and priming the bathroom. DH will cut in, I roll.

Much love!!!

Shad
07-02-2006, 07:38 PM
Morning all,
I've just got back from an hour long trip to the Doc. Well I left here at 7.55am and waited until 9.07am for my turn and then spent precisely enough time for him print a blood test form and a prescription for my fluid tablets and take my blood pressure. I bet him that the BP was up - it was. I told him I have gained 5k - he said that will do it. He told me not to lose the blood test form. I told him it would go on the fridge as a reminder not to open the fridge door. I left at 9.13am. That would have to be the quickest patient surgery he has today!!!!

So whats on the agenda today. Gym later when it warms up a bit (yes it is cold in the house) a trip to Shad Heaven (the hardware store) for a new toy. A couple of phone calls to the Agent looking for my pay for the last couple of weeks. Someone is holding the money somewhere and I want it. A phone call to Breastscreen Australia - yep it's that time again. And a whole raft of housework and kitty cuddling time (if she comes home - she got the pip with me going out early this morning)

Poor Mel's toe :fr: :eek: :yikes: Get better soon. How did you manage to do that????

Happy - hope you enjoyed the pictures. I think I will have to break up that Wollongong file. It is getting too big. Maybe two albums I think. Some pics are also similar so I might just ditch a few as well.

Holly - glad to hear you are approaching the folks with dignity and decorum. Families hey - can't live with them, can't live without them.

Right - gotta get moving. It's too cool to hang about

Meadow
07-02-2006, 08:56 PM
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Shad-I hope your two weeks back in your own turf will be relaxing days. :hug: Your pictures look very serene, shades of things to come? Will you be taking it easy? I hope the gym work makes you feels tight and ship shape again ;) I actually thought about doing pushups the other day while watching the women warrior workout tape I got from the library, I'm not past the mind part yet. Have you been missing AB? He is in New York at the moment promoting his lates cologne. Here is a little reminder of why he is so sexy ;)
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Holly-you sure have worked hard for your Avon success. It boggles the mind with your family messing with stuff. Breathe and move on :D

Happy-jeepers, if I could actually get up at 6am I could be a morning exerciser. I still think that is the only way I'm going to make a habit of it. I just find too many excuses later in the day. Make sure you wear your sunscreen, 98 degrees, yowzers! Wear your Elvis shades too :p

Ceejay-did you survive the lawn mowing? Did you wear a hat? No flip flops right? Two weeks growth, did you have to take a scythe to it first? Welcome back :carrot:

Teel-did Holly sense you were going to suds her up? Did she hide under the bed? Did she soak you in revenge?:devil: Stay cool!:sunny:

I spent most of Canada Day in the pool with the kids. The lady next door even popped over for a dip. Three feet of water looks pretty nice when it is sweltering! Jeepers, I want to have some muscle. I was watching my Warrior workout tape and she is doing these pushups and I was just sitting there with my mouth open (Melanie Murphy, the instructor, is a karate fourth degree blackbelt). She did hands shoulder width apart, hands facing in, hands facing out. Who knew there were so many places to put your hands doing a pushup? I want to be a female version of Errol Flynn in Robin Hood *it was on televison yesterday, who says I'm affected by the media? :p Whine, snivel, why can't I strength of body instead of fat storage? I'm off to seek out some fruit/vegetables to chomp on about it.

:wave: Hello everybody? How hot is it?

ceejay52
07-02-2006, 10:24 PM
Mel--You asked me in an earlier post what I was taking for the allergies. It's Allegra D and Astelin nose spray. My sinuses are acting up over the grass from yesterday's lawn mowing.

Meadow. I did not wear flip flops, but I didn't get to finish the yard cause the lawn mower died. It needs a new fuel injector but I don't know how to put it on. A co-worker said that he would do it for me.

Shad--Could you send some of that cold air this way, please. As Happy mentioned it's hot.

I'm over my calorie limit as always but I've decided that I'm jumping back on board. I saw a picture of myself and wondered who that fat old lady was. Yikes, it's me.

Have a good one.

MELODY525
07-03-2006, 08:10 AM
Ceejay~ You really made me laugh this morning. When I se a pic of myself I almost die!! :rofl: OMG I know the feeling. Thanks for the info and I'll look into it when I go.

Happy~ Here's hoping Wednesday isn't too tough to get back into the swing of things!!! We'll all sing a song to wake you up!

Holly~ Hope your sinudses too feel better. The clinic has been soooo mfull that they have cancelled me 3 times now!!!

Shad~ sorry about the weight and BP. You've been traveling and working away from home for a long time. Guess it takes it's toll somehow. :hug:

Meadow~ HE IS JUST TOO CUTE!!! I saved him to my computer. Never know when I might need him again:rofl:
3' of water sounds mighty good to me in this humidity!!!
Errol Flynn is a good choice but I would have thought you would naturally pick AB!! :lol3: Lovely slide show!! Nice to see first thing in the morning....gets the blood flowing! :carrot:

Funny I ljust ost internet connection but when AOL reconnected, I still had this post!!! Lucky me!!!:D
No Mall today. Foot does not like hanging down. No loss as it's not very nice outside. More rain on and off till Weds night. sigh. I have some reporting to do downstairs for the weekend and instructions to get for the Holiday tomorrow.... so I am off.
Happy Monday and have a great day :moped:

Hollyhock
07-03-2006, 08:56 AM
Life interfered and I lost my focus. I worked loooong hard days all last week I have finally caught up on some sleep. Hubby has almost finished the bathroom. My allergies are worse than I ever remember.

I slept in til 8 this morning, grins.Feeling rested, hurray, no headache, irritable but meds should fix that. Had coffee out on my swing and now having natural PB on a mulit grain bagel. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm My boy with peanut allergies is off for 3 weeks. We will be indulging.
It is a hazy, humid 22C/74F but going up to 29C/88F, ew. I was trying to decide whether to do housework or gardening first. Gardening it is!!!
The exercise will feel good. I want to transplant some grasses.

I am completely smitten with Matthew McCaunaghy. I know he has been around for a while but I dont really have time to watch a whole movie. I saw him in an interview on Oprah. He is just sooooo cool, eccentric, funky and a total babe.I watched How to Lose a Man in 10 Days on TV last night, also with Kate Hudson, who I adore.Love her mama, Goldie, too.

Hollyhock
07-03-2006, 09:02 AM
You cant really tell how odd but sexy he is from the pics but he isn't hard to look at either.

http://www.starpulse.com/Actors/Mcconaughey,_Matthew/Pictures/

ceejay52
07-03-2006, 05:55 PM
Yeah, the boss got us a new computer this week end. It's just about taken all day to get the reports done. Then I had to figure out how to back up the cd's with out the Record Now program. This computer does like my uncles.

Mel--Glad I made you laugh. I started my journal again at 3fc. I really do not want to look like this for the rest of my life.

Holly--My allergies have been worse this year also. Have fun doing the gardening. All I have to do now is take the weed eater after mine.

Shad--I know you can get those extra pounds off. It may just be fluid pounds and that marvelous little med may do the trick.

Happy--Are you relaxing tomorrow? Wish I were but this holiday has fallen on my day to work. Can't complain though it is overtime.

Madcat, Carla, Meadow, Teel, Tig and Suzi hello :wave:

Shad
07-03-2006, 09:55 PM
It's holiday weekend for most of you. Here today it is the 4th of July so Happy Birthday to all our American friends. I'll get into the graphics later as I need to go shopping for a few things and I'd like to do it sooner rather than later.

Hit the gym this morning for an hour and 15 minutes. I will probably be very stiff tomorrow although I did start slow and light for the first time back in weeks. I'll build it up again over the next two weeks or so.

I've cleaned the public end of the house from top to bottom and thrown out a fair amount of junk. The kids will come in for a few things too, which may be handy as DS2 and GF + child are moving into his house in a couple of weeks. I don't think that they have a lot of stuff. They can pick and choose. The rest will go. Maybe I need to have a Garage sale??

Anyway I had better get on with the day. I'll be back.

Oh and guess what. I had a message on another thread from a lady calling herself MaryL. Now some of you might remember her as Leuelu. She comes from Auckland NZ and last heard of was buying a takeaway bar with DH. Anyway, she may come back and say hello.

Shad
07-04-2006, 05:03 AM
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A very happy 4th of July to all America.

Hollyhock
07-04-2006, 08:43 AM
Holiday is over in The Great White North. 4 extra kids til 5pm. A good combo for the day.
Many Avon calls to make. Mostly i need to focus on me and my weight. I cant seem to stay in the game for an entire day.
I am up for a challenge.Any bright ideas???????

HI Shad!

ceejay52
07-04-2006, 09:02 AM
Holly--I'm going to challenge myself to an exercise challenge for July.

It's the 4th of July and I'm having to work. I'm getting overtime so I'm not complaining.

Rain is on the way today. The forecast is for some isolated thunder showers.
We realy need the rain.

My new motto is old habits are hard to break. July is another starting point for a healthier me.

Enjoy your day.

MELODY525
07-04-2006, 09:13 AM
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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE HOLIDAY.

So Far so good. The house is quiet. Last evening at 6 we found a woman on the floor since 10 am that morning:yikes: :faint: Poor woman was in her apartment with no A/C on either. Sweating on the floor. she is doing well today though. Went to the ER for a bit of fluid and came home. Alls well that ends well.
I plan on watching my Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
dvds that I have. I love that guy!! The toe feels good so I am going to the Dr very early and will be gone all day. TTTT
:hug: Happy Tuesday everyone :hug:

Ceejay~ Good luck with the new pc!!! I am thinking of looking in the mirror naked each day for motivation:rofl:

Shad~ Hope the Ds and his new "family" will be very happy. Garage sale is a good idea. Maybe some neighbors want to also? Happy sorting and tossing!! :dance:
I loved that graphic!! Too cute.

Holly~ The nurse at the sinus office told me the waiting rooms are still jammed packed!! Worst year that has been in over a decade according to the head honcho. He does stuff for cable tv and regular news channels. Guess we'll both have to stock up on the remedies!! :faint:

MELODY525
07-04-2006, 09:15 AM
CEEJAY SNUCK IN HERE WHILE MY BACK WAS TURNED:rofl: STAY DRY!!! AND I LIKE YOUR MOTTO......IN MY CASE IT IS HARD TO TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS:lol3: :lol3:

Meadow
07-04-2006, 09:51 AM
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Happy Independence Day USA!

happy2bme
07-04-2006, 10:26 AM
Good morning ladies,

Happy Birthday USA!

Great graphics you ladies have chosen. Can't let the cat see those chipmunks Shad, or that picture would be quite empty. :lol: She brought a mouse to the door this morning, my nephew's wife went ewwwwwwwwwwww when I commented on it.

Last day of company, we drop them at the airport later this afternoon. Planning on having a barbeque at lunch tho it is quite overcast and they are calling for rain. In this town it could be a drenching rain in one spot and dry and sunny 2 streets down. Anyone want to bet it will rain the minute I fire up the grill? :~

Mel, that's very scary about the lady in your complex. I hear stories of people falling and laying there helpless far too often. I'm glad to hear you and that poor toe are feeling better. Enjoy your mysteries.

Shad, I'm surprised you have anything left to toss. Didn't seem like all that long ago you Fly Ladied your house. I kind of wish I had a few vacation days to myself to spend some serious sort and toss time here. Guess I'll have to set the timer for 30 minutes each night after work.

Ceejay, don't work too hard. Hope it's a quiet day if you are stuck working.

I'm with Holly and Ceejay - too much junk eating over the last week. Well not so much junk as much as not really eating as I'm used to. We are off to the grocery store in a few minutes. I'll pick up some steaks for lunch but I'm also going to stock back up on fruit, veggies and some good clean food. My body is complaining about what I've put into it lately.

It looks like Lisa's ready to go so I'll sign off for now. Have a great day.

Madcat
07-04-2006, 01:32 PM
Been off doing that long weekend thing. Ate too much, drank too much (sorta) and spent too much timeout in the sun and foliage-filled backyards. I don’t feel great today. My chest seems to be tight and filled with fluid and the old intestinal problem is back with a vengeance.

Enough whinging though. I just read another thread were people were praying for one of our own 3Fcers who has had a reoccurrence of cancer. What is my whining compared to that?? Nothin’.

Picked up a new book today for some inspiration called “You are What You Eat”. It looks interesting so it is worth a go, I say. I need something to get me back on track and to help me not feel THIS way. I’ve done it to myself and it is up to me to undo it.

Anyway, wanted to just check in and let everyone know I hadn’t dropped off the face of the earth. I’ll be back later to read and comment (Mel, your poor toe!!!).

Happy Independence Day, my southern friends!!:dancer: :dancer:

Hollyhock
07-04-2006, 04:55 PM
accomplished all I wanted to today. Eating is okay. Nothing extra, like ice cream or cookies and only 1 serving each of lunch and breaky. Making spaghetti for supper with lots of fresh veg and herbs in it. Salad for the side. If that is all I eat til tomorrow I am good to go!!!!!

HUGS!!!!!

Shad
07-04-2006, 05:20 PM
Morning all,

Dashing in before my gym jaunt for the day. I'm a bit stiff in the stomach and abs area this morning but a dose of weights should sort that lot out.

Hope everyone has had/ is having a beaut long weekend and celebrating in style but with restraint if you know what I mean. It's good to honour the birth of your own country and to understand the things the ancestors had to do to get to that place. It's also good to reflect on things that happened and are still happening and the causes and effects of the settlements. Not everyone is tremendously happy about the Brits settlement process. However they could have had it worse! Am I getting philosophic or what!!!

Happy there always seems to be stuff to toss. Yesterday I went through the linen cupboard. I have stuff in there that is perfectly good but will not be used in this house again - eg. single bed sheets. There isn't a single bed anywhere. Meanwhile the kids can use them because of the little one, toilet training and all that jazz. I still haven't been up into the roof where there is still stuff of the ex's lurking in the corners. I do really need to go back up there but it probably won't happen until there is nothing left to do in the house. The shed could do with a clear out again. I spied a wee mouse in there the other day. Miss Puss is not doing her job properly at the moment. I've told her too.
I'm glad your visit with family has gone well and you have had a good time.

Holly - think we all need a bit of a challenge around here. I'm up for one, but am committed to getting this extra flab off before it sets hard. I'll see if I can think of something. I can't commit to 21 days at the moment because I don't know what is going to happen with this new job as yet. I won't find that out until I report for duty on 17th July. I must say tho' that I was very pleased with myself yesterday because I didn't feel hungry and didn't eat just for the sake of eating. The day before was horrendous. Wonder if it has something to do with the exercise????

Ceejay - Truthful motto. It's so much harder to undo than to do. If you get plenty of rain, kindly send some our way. These water restrictions are the pits. My garden is definitely in decline. Raintank is almost empty and I spent the day on Monday ferrying buckets of water from the washing machine. Yesterday I bought the hose fitting to attach to the pump hose and so I can now just let it dribble out onto the garden. I now have to think about low phosphate washing liquids and powders as it will not do many of the plants that much good using the high power stuff. Decisions, decisions. All because we have stuffed our environment with our greed.

Mel - so sad about that lady. Some time ago I was reading about a device which the elderly can wear around their necks which they can press when they get into that sort of trouble. Do they have those things over there? I think the one I'm thinking of is in NZ.
Glad to hear the toe is fixing itself. Wonder what is causing all the allergies over the North American continent???? Could it be Mother Nature again. Mind you I have some sinus problems here. But I think that is to do with dust. DS2 is not on talking terms with the sweeper or a duster and Sunday likes to spread her fur far and wide as well.

Madcat - is that the book by Gillian McKeith??? Have you ever seen her tv program? It's a hoot. She is rude, forthright, believes in telling people off. It's on here on a Sunday night right about dinner time. That is if you eat around 6.30. She accuses Mothers of poisoning their kids, shows them all the food they have eaten during the week (sometimes it takes two dining room tables to display the lot) and then does it again picking up their favourite fat food and shows the amount of fat they have eaten in a day. Last week it was Yorkshire puddings and she had something like 250 of them on the table each having about 20g of fat in them. The only one that really upset me was when she had grilled cheese sandwiches oozing fat. I love grilled cheese sandwiches.

Gotta go, coffee is finished. Gym is calling. I don't want to go, but will be okay once I get there. See ya.

happy2bme
07-05-2006, 12:11 AM
Oh and guess what. I had a message on another thread from a lady calling herself MaryL. Now some of you might remember her as Leuelu. She comes from Auckland NZ and last heard of was buying a takeaway bar with DH. Anyway, she may come back and say hello.

I remember Mary. Boy that sure is a lot easier to spell than Leuelu. :lol: Welcome back Mary - would be glad to have you... :hug:

ceejay52
07-05-2006, 09:54 AM
Morning Ladies,
Yesterday was a fairly quiet day in which I was really greatful. :carrot:

We got some much needed rain yesterday as I was leaving from work and it has cooled us down for a little while. We have a 60% chance of rain today.

I counted calories yesterday and came in at 1226, and completed 38 minutes of exercise. I decided not to go into detail on couting fat grams, carbs, etc, that is jus to much trouble for me. I am trying to keep the range in the limits of 1200-1500 calories. Made myself a notebook yesterday of the work out's that I'll be doing and will keep it with me at all times.

Hello to all. I'm at work, but I don't think the boss will be here soon. They are out fixing another water leak. I need to take some things to the waste water lab in a few minutes.

Have a good day.

MELODY525
07-05-2006, 04:54 PM
A fast check in. Not happy with this new Dr for sinus. He has no time to listen and rushes you. Guess I will have to grin and bear it till his residency is over....the one I liked has gone on to greener pastures. He gave me allegra, Rhinocort spray and an Albuterol pump for days my breathing is heavy. Makes me get the jitters...the pump I mean. I have a hard time with that drug but it does work wonders. sigh. 6 pics of the right breast befo9re they would let me go. Seems that the calcified tissue has moved somewhat and they thought they saw "spots". Must be a new technologicval term...."spots" :rofl: :rofl:
so the day was not a good day at all, just got home but it did end well. I am not feeling very good and glands are still so swollen. If they don't drain soon I will have to go to another dr. Lots of fluids and rest they said should do it.
We'll see. I will come back tomorrow and read your posts. Been up since 4AM. Guess I was a wee bit anxious. :faint:
Sweet dreams to everyone :cloud9:and Good Morning to the Sunshines downunder!! :sunny:

Shad
07-05-2006, 05:10 PM
Such a quiet lot in here at the moment. Are we all working on our diets and losing weight or something?? :lol: :lol3: :rofl:

It's off to gym for me again. I'm not as bad as I thought I would be at the gym. The stiffness around the gut and abs is still there - mind you when I think back to what I did on Tuesday, it's not surprising. I had intended to do 10 x 20 repetitions and ended up with 20 x 20 reps. My maths always were awful! So much for starting quietly. I found my strength had diminished somewhat and had to lighten the weights. But they will be going back on asap. Stepped on the scales this morning and am down 1K - well that is one out of 5 gone again. One hopes it is the combination of the clean living, structured food, exercise and diuretic tablets that are doing it and not just one of the four.

The house cleanup continues. I've rearranged the computer table. It's not finished yet, but I have removed a lot of the dust. I've disconnected my old camera and scanner. The scanner is perfectly good but since I now have a scanner/ printer there seems little point in having the two connected. The old camera won't be used again. I'm loath to chuck it, but I guess there comes a time............ Next job is to get into the filing cabinet and sort out what has to be kept for tax purposes and what can go. I sure collect a lot of paperwork.

DS2 is having his kitchen remodelled. I have lent him the money to have this done. It also means having the remainder of the floors sanded. Naturally enough he can't find the paperwork for the sander I had carry out the original work. Maybe I didn't give it to him???? Well that is possible considering I know how his filing system works (file13 - that little round bin on the floor). It should look quite nice when finished and certainly better than what he has now. This also means no trip this year. I had come to this conclusion before agreeing to the loan anyway since the new contract at Rio Tinto expires on 17th October and DB2's 50th on the 23rd October. After that it may be too cold to go North, so it is looking like Spring for my next break. The travel industry here is pushing Canada and the Rockies Train trip + the cruise up the North west coastline of Canada and Alaska......... ooooh it does look nice! Fairly expensive tho'. When something says 'save $5000 per person, you know it ain't gonna be cheap. Mind you with all the hoo haa going on over here with cruises and cruiseliners at the moment, one wouldn't want to go cheap!!!

And that is about it for today. Ceejay nice to see you holding up that end. I'll be back after gym, shower, laundry, sort, chuck, dust, pack away the files and burn the rest.

Shad
07-05-2006, 08:05 PM
I see Mel snuck in while I was cogitating. Hiya Mel

Madcat
07-05-2006, 09:18 PM
Hi all - just checking again. I am still out of sorts. I suspect this is not result of a misspent weekend - but some sort of intestinal bug. Ugh! I'll be back posting once the mung clears a bit. Might need a bit of system detox... maybe I'll have to listen to McKeith's advice - yes it is that McKeith, Shad. I would love to see her show. Not sure it's available here.

I'll be back. Keep well all!

happy2bme
07-06-2006, 01:09 AM
Evening ladies,

Cinderella here has turned back into a pumpkin. Right after we got home from dropping off the last of our guests at the airport, it was back to laundry and vacumming and washing loads of clothes and playing my favorite game - let's rummage through the cabinets to figure out who put all my stuff where. Last time it took me 3 months to find my favorite knife. I almost wish they wouldn't help with the dishes :lol:

Catching up with you all it sounds like we are a bunch in need of a bit of TLC here :grouphug:

DH's back has been hurting. Before he went to bed I rubbed some wintergreen warming linament on his back. I (thought I) washed my hands thoroughly enough. Was sitting here with my hand resting on my chin / lips catching up on posts when all of a sudden my lips started burning :yikes: I can't even smell the linament on my hands yet somehow I transfered it to my face. Not a pleasant feeling. Perhaps I will wake up with Angelina Jolie's lips :lol:

Madcat - hope you feel better soon. I can relate tho to the needing to get back to clean eating again. Wish I had the fortitude to do a short fast / detox. You've been doing very well at the gym tho - keep up the good work. And I like your "ticker" - no big long signature, no fancy graphics - just the nekkid truth.

And her gym bunny buddy around the world - Shad is doing equally well. Sounds like those muscles were looking for a good workout. What will you be doing with your short break? Sorry to hear that you had to postpone your trip - DH is disappointed to. However, I truly believe you would not enjoy our dreary pre-winter blahs here. That Alaska trip sounds wonderful. We've always wanted to go but it can get a bit pricy as you have no doubt discovered. The only time they had real deals was during the Gulf War when they rerouted many ships up this way. Still I hear the real cost is in the inside passage tours. Would love to see Denali National Park.

Mel, I'm sorry you had such a bummer of a doctor's visit. It's really disgusting what health care (and they should rename that as it's no CARE) has come to. I blame the insurance companies - smaller payouts, more patients, no one listens to you. You might as well be treating yourself. Vicks Vapo Rub, hot tea with a splash of your favorite brown liquor or I highly recommend hot apple cider, a bit of Southern Comfort booze and a cinnamon stick to stir it up. And some Watkins Wintergreen linament rub for the aches and pains. I have taken Actifed for years. Now because the crack heads decided to make crystal meth out of it, I can no longer get it. I have 2 boxes left which I am hording for the very worst of my allergy days. As your doc said, it is true that this has been a horrible allergy year - not sure why. Hope you get some relief. :coffee:

Ceejay - we got some thunder yesterday but the real rains came today - quite the typical southern downpour we get here. At least I didn't have to water today. I think it's a good idea to keep a journal and focus on one thing at a time. I too hate counting all the carbs and sugars and this and that. Makes me want to pare down to a list of just 50 foods or so to make things easier and just rotate the basics :lol:

Hello Holly and Meadow. Time to hear from the rest of the lot. We'll excuse Suzi as she's probably thinking about packing soon. It's off to bed for me. See you in the morning...

MELODY525
07-06-2006, 02:15 PM
ACCORDING TO THE DR'S THEORY THIS WINTER WAS NEVER COLD ENOUGH OR LONG ENOUGH TO DISINTERGRATE ALL THE WEEDS AND FALLEN LEAVES UNDER THE SNOW/ICE ETC. SO THERE IS A LOT OF THAT BLOWING AROUND AND MOLD ETC. :( THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST AS THEY SAID IN OVER A DECADE. THE WAITING ROOMS WERE AS FULL AS THE NURSE TOLD ME. EVERYONE WAS COMPLAINING.:dizzy: SOOOOOOO...........

CINDERELLA (OR HAPPY AS WE HAVE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE HER)~ SO SORRY THE PUMPKIN HAS RETURNED!! I DID SO LOVE THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE PART OF YOUR VACATION! :rofl: HOPE THE WEEKEND WILL GIVE YOU TIME TO RECOVER FROM SAID VACATION TIME!!!! :hug: I SUGGEST LOTS OF POOL TIME WITH FEET UP AND FROSTED GLASS IN HAND :beach: LET ME KNOW IF IT WORKS. I THINK I NEED AN ENTIRE QUART OF SOUTHERN COMFORT TO FEEL BETTER!!! :devil:

SHAD~ YOUR POOR MUSCLES. :hug: ARE YOU TRYING TO GET THE WEIGHT OFF IN JUST ONE GO AT THE GYM?! :lol3: I LOVE THE SMELL OF FLOOR SANDING OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH WOOD. HOPE THE RENO COMES OUT WELL FOR HIM. ARE YOU AND SUNDAY STILL BONDING?????:carrot: I DON'T THINK SORTING AND TOSSING IS EVER ACTUALLY OVER!!! :rofl:

MADCAT~ I FEEL THE SAME AS YOU BUT WITHOUT THE IBS. :( I COULD USE A GOOD DETOXING MYSELF!! :D HUGS FOR YOU AND HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON:hug:

CEEJAY AND HOLLY~ YOU GUYS ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK. I BETTER HOP ON THE BAND WAGON WITH YOU!:D KEEP GOING IN THAT FORWARD DIRECTION. CJ I WILL SEND YOU ALL THE RAIN YOU WANT!! :rain:

MARY L~ IF YOU ARE LURKING IN THE SHADOWS, A BIG HELLO FROM ME AS WELL :welcome:

:wave: TO ALL THE REST!!!

I THINK THE BEST THAT CAN BE SAID FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE IS THAT IT'S OVER WITH!!! I HAVE NOT BEEN MAKING GOOD FOOD CHOICES AND FEEL LIKE CRAP. CAFFEINE AND SUGAR ARE NOT SINUS FRIENDLY AND IT SERVES ME RIGHT TO FEEL THIS POORLY. I SHOULD BE TAKING BETTER CARE OF MYSELF. SUMMER WAS NOT MADE AS A FREE-FOR-ALL FOR MELLIE!! :(
TOMORROW IS FOOD SHOPPING AND I WILL GO AND RESTOCK THE FRIDGE. I JUST SPENT TIME CLEARING AND TOSSING IT ALL. OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW AS THEY SAY. WISH I WOULD REMEMBER THAT!!! THE RAIN HAS STOPPED HERE. STILL CLOUDY BUT TOMORROW IS SUPPOSED TO BE SUNNY. SUN IS GOOD! :sunny:
HAVE A GREAT DAY/NIGHT......:moped:

MELODY525
07-06-2006, 02:18 PM
HAPPY~ HOPE THE DH'S BACK AND YOUR LIPS ARE BETTER!! DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT ME AND THE EXDH? HE RUBBED INFRARUB ON HIS SORE MUSCLES AND THEN WE WENT TO BED TOGETHER.......I ENDED UP SITTING IN A SINK FILLED WITH COOL WATER......NOT ONCE BUT TWICE IN THE SAME NIGHT!!!! HE HAD FORGOTTEN TO WASH HIS HANDS IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT! :rofl:

happy2bme
07-06-2006, 02:50 PM
Oh no Mellie. Just exactly what WAS he touching? Twice? :rofl: :lol3: :o :o :o

ceejay52
07-06-2006, 02:56 PM
This is rest day for me, but later this afternoon I'll probably end up mowing the lawn. My neighbors son, who has been mowing, has his hurt foot. To be honest I think it was just to hot for them to mow. And my lawn mower has not been doing right all summer. A coworker is supposed to come by this afternoon to check to see if he can repair it. If not I'm just going to break down and buy one of those new battery powered mowers. I'm going to call to remind him around three.

Today is rest day so not much is going on from my standpoint. I have started the laundry and picked up the livng room, put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and changed the sheets on my bed. Most of the major cleaning will be done tomorrow.

Happy-- Thankfully we didn't get the thunder and lightning just the much needed rain. I pulled a stunt almost like you when I used an over the counter arthritis compound which was composd mainly of hot peppers. It burned everywhere I put my washed hands.

Mel--Hope the allegra works for you. My aunt uses rhinocort and the albuterol. Her allergies are alot worse than mine.

Shad--Those gym work outs can really work those muscles. I've found some tht I didn't realize I used.

To all the others :wave:

ceejay52
07-06-2006, 02:56 PM
Hi happy your egg light is on

Shad
07-06-2006, 09:29 PM
Hiya all,

Had a Foxtel techo around here this morning to change the satellite tv over to digital stuff. It seems they are phasing out the analogue at the end of the year so it had to be done. And it was free. Anyway they told me it would be between 7am and midday so I decided not to go to the gym first and then told myself that on past performance it is more likely to be midday than closer to 7am. I'm glad I didn't go because around 20 to 8 the guy pulled up the driveway. Turned out to be a Kiwi from Auckland and we had a good old chat. I asked about changing the aerial point from one place on the wall to another and he said that it would probably only be around fifteen minutes work and he would do it himself right now for a small charge - how small?? - $20.00. Do it. To get Foxtel out to do it would have cost me around the $100 mark and I would probably have had to have time off work. To get the electrician to do it - well if he would - probably twice that much. I am a happy bunny. If anyone can the Kiwi can!!!!! :encore: :encore: :encore: :encore: :encore: :encore::encore: :encore: :encore:
He got up in the roof and pushed and I got down on the floor and pulled when asked. Then he put it side by side with the external aerial for the free to air tv. Couldn't have asked for a nicer or neater job done. And all for $20.

Ceejay - I found muscles that hurt in places I didn't know I had muscles!!!

Happy - now look what you have started with the wintergreen. Sorry I don't think you will end up with Angelina Jolie lips. Unless of course they have started putting botox into wintergreen. Does DH's back look swollen and luscious???
On my break I am spring cleaning the house, tossing the junk and burning paperwork no longer necessary to keep. I'm also doing a bit of painting, sanding and tiling. I'm not rushing it. What gets done is done. What doesn't, doesn't. I'm enjoying this break. Maybe I won't want to go back to work.
I'll definitely be over next year - possibly Spring. It will be outside the peak summertime tourist season anyway. I'll be starting to plan very soon.

Mel - that cat will be the death of me. Everytime I turn around there she is looking pathetically at me. We have two or three cuddle times a day. But she is not getting much better. I have to stand up to do most things.
Ouch on the heat stuff ............. Owie

Madcat - feel much better soon.

Better get back to the filing. It's nearly finished in this room. It's the 7 year stuff I will get into a tizz about. That's the next room to be spring cleaned.

suzi in auz
07-06-2006, 11:49 PM
Hello everyone:hug:
I can't believe it. I have just spent a couple on minutes writing a huge blurb and it disappeared! I answered the phone and it vanished!!!:( Never mind here it goes again. )

You all sound wonderful...apart from sore toes and rising BPs and those nasty allergies!!! Hmmm...not long enough winters causing nasties to still be around..how inconsiderate!!

I missed all the celebrations but thought of you all during them.I hope they were happy :cp: :cp: :cp:
I am not sure where my week went but it vanished. The kids are on holiday for the winter vacation. I have been busy with them organisng their days. I guess at school they get so used to having everything planned for them they forget to use their brains. They have been very create in their ideas to fill their days as the $$$ have been slim. We are trying to save pennies for our trip as I know my wallet will have nothing but bats at the end of it all.

I am getting very excited now :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: It's only 7 sleeps. The weeks have flown by. I only hope that time stops for a little while we are there. I am not looking forward to that nasty long plane trip 21 hours! I get a little clostrophobic in planes! Hopefully i will sleep.
It's been lovely hearing about your summers and all your vacations coming and going. I am looking forward to getting a touch of summer in my winter.
My hair is getting one too tomorrow. I am having highlights and a cut n blow wave done. It's the first time I have been to this hairstylist as I have rotten luck with them. After having the same one for 10 years in NZ ( who was fantastic) I have been through 5 as they keep leaving. The one I am going to tomorrow is only just a few mins walk away and so I hope all goes well.

ugg...I am sitting here at worl. My co worker next to me is eating chips and a huge greasy hamburger and it stinks!!! I am trying not to gag. It's amazing when you are not into eating that stuff how awful it smells! It's stinking out the whole office and I have already gone for my walk! I might just have to go down the other end soon and make myself a cuppa.
It's not good really...she will eat this and then complain that she has and then i will hear this until hometime and there are 2 1/2 hours left! It's one of those quiet afternoons.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this computer is trying to gobble up my writing again and so i better post this quickly.

Hope all is well with everyone. I will sit here tomorrow with a new do !

Suzi

MELODY525
07-07-2006, 08:03 AM
suzi~ i could almost smell that hamburger and chips!!! now i am drooling! roflmao

shad~ good for you and the fellow kiwi!! congrats on such a good price. i had heard the analog was phasing out all over. sigh

ceejay~ hope the mower can be fixed. i haven't heard of a battery typer. must be great without a cord or gas. good luck.

happy~ let's just say the parts he touched were in the nether regions :rofl:

making a quick post and then i am off to the food store. after that, i will check in with the whining office.
it seems the crew are giving her a wee bit of a hard time. straighten what i can out and give my friend a break.
seniors are going to the hospital one after the other and coming home. dehydration from lack of a/c. they do not realize they need the a/c cause they only drink tea or coffee and nooooo water!!! but they are a thick headed lot! :faint:
the weather is gorgeous and i am going to go for a ride but not before i take all my new squirting meds! :lol3: :lol3: :moped:
have a wonderful day :sunny:

happy2bme
07-07-2006, 08:32 AM
Good morning ladies,

**Yawn, stretch *** My favorite day of the week - Friday - got here very quickly this week. I vote in favor of 3 day work weeks :bravo: Wednesday it rained most of the day. That not only washed the air but cooled it down considerably. So yesterday was an ahhhhhhh, delightful day. It was perfect for doing anything outside. Too bad I was stuck behind a computer for 10 hours. Then we had a homeowners meeting which ran for 2 hours. I got home rather late, caught DH up with the latest goings on and then went to bed. I had wanted to sit on the swing outside for a while but completely forgot about it.

This morning the nose is sniffling. I have the house closed up and the air conditioning on, but I guess those little pollen buggers drift right into the house. It's wierd how you can be fine for days on end and then you wake up one morning miserable. Good news is that a cup of tea and an antihistamine will fix it all. Everything should be that easy ;) I was in a rush yesterday to eat something before I had to run to my meeting so I dug one of my diet meals out of the freezer. I had a few left over from the Diet to Your Door Plan. This was a chicken breast stuffed with something and a nice tart cranberry sauce to go over it. Veggies were brocolli and a most delicious packet of roasted corn kernels with veggies. The meal was very good, it's a shame the darn program is so expensive. I had a beef chipolte chili which I offered to DH. When I got home he said he didn't think it was all that great - I thought it was surprising good. Better not offer him the black bean soup :lol: I also pulled my copy of the 14 Superfoods - time to get back eating clean again. Ceejay, I apologize - I was going to send you something and in the rush of getting ready for my guests, I set it to the side and never mailed it. It's one my desk here somewhere, no doubt I will come across it this weekend when I dust and I will sent it out next week.

I didn't win the 57 million dollar lottery (forgot to buy a ticket) so I guess that means I have to get my act in gear here and get organized. I had a meeting yesterday and spent most of the day following up on some questions people had. I'm a little more behind than I was when I started back at work on Wednesday. Hard to focus on something that you don't want to do :rofl:

Suzi, I don't envy you that long plane trip. I would have to get 2 Valiums - one for each way to ward off the claustrophobia - kind of like the "kitty downers" we used to give the cat on long car trips. :lol: An IPOD loaded with lots and lots of your favorite music will help pass the time. I hope your hair comes out nicely - it is hard to find a good stylist. I know what you mean about the smells from other people's food. Back when I was riding the train, more and more people would bring food on the train with them, particularly as they added a food court to the station with lots of fast food take away options. It was really bad when someone would get a Greek Gyro - the smell of the raw onions was overpowering. It's amazing how quickly the air would get stale. We would glare at the offender but they were oblivious and would happily munch away. :eating2:

How nice Shad to get the Satellite TV taken care of so quickly and efficiently. THAT doesn't happen too often. :lol: So when you say you will visit in the spring - is that your spring or ours?

Ceejay - hope you got the mower going. I always hated the pull gadget on the mower. Being short, I never quite had enough arm swing to get the motor started.

Mel, hope you have a sunny, sniffle free day today. Did you get out and get your shopping done? What's on the meal plan for this week?

Hope you're feeling better too Madcat. Who's McKeith?

Work is summoning me so off I go. Hellos to the rest of the chicks. :wave:

happy2bme
07-07-2006, 08:33 AM
Hey Mel :wave: guess we crossed paths when I wasn't looking :rofl: Don't get stuck in the office all day long.

Hi Shad - I see your light on too.

ceejay52
07-07-2006, 12:17 PM
morning all

Mel--I did get most of the lawn mowed. The mower just couldn't take it. B. came and changed the blade for me because I don't know which is right side up or if it's down. He didn't get to change the prime button because Wal-Mart didn't have them. I'm going to look Saturday in Paragould.

Suzi--Good luck at the hair stylist. Had my hair cut extremely short last week. I haven't been brave enough to wear it spiked but I could. I didn't do the high lights this time. Thanks for waving in my journal. I know you are getting excited about the trip.

Happy-You are a busy lady and you stilll made a healthy food choice. Unlike myself who after working in the yard gave in and let myself have something from Sonic. Guess I'll live and learn-It was 920 calories and loaded in sodium.I'm paying for the sodium today.

Madcat--Hope you are feeling better.

Shad--Did you get to the gym?

Not much going on today--It's Friday and payday. The check arrived early this morning and I'm about to get dressed to go make a deposit and pick up a few cleaning supplies.

Hollyhock
07-07-2006, 12:20 PM
Packing up some stuff for camping. In 8 hours I will be sitting in front of a fire with a Mike's Hard Lemonade in my hand!!!!!!! Definitely need to R&R.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Hollyhock
07-07-2006, 04:36 PM
Having a delightful day!!!!!! My hair is hi lighted(or low lighted on the grey:lol: ) with some copper. Nicely trimmed.

Camper and van are mostly packed. The beds are made. Fresh veggies and melons cut up.Dry goods packed. Both kids are bathed and dressed and DS is packed. DD is next.

I love camping.2 hours left and then and we will drive out our driveway, drive 100 ft up the road and pull into our campsite!!!!!!!! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

29C/88F and sunny all day tomrrow. Can you see me lounging by the pool?????

Shad
07-07-2006, 05:20 PM
Holly is off on a holiday - 100 ft up the road. Think of the exercise you would have got walking up the road and carrying the stuff!!!! Food sounds good. Hair doesn't sound too bad either.

And Suzi is getting her hair done as well. Not long now Suz.... You get to Orlando around the same time as I start my new job. I wonder which will be the biggest circus??? :rofl: :lol3:

Ceejay - lawnmowers can be such a pain. Mine will have to come out next week. I hope it goes as well. It's been a long time between mows. Grass doesn't grow in the tropics during the winter. Well not the type of grass I grow anyway.
Yes, I did get to the gym. And I got paid for a couple of weeks. I always shake my head in wonder when you mention getting a paycheck mailed to the house. I don't know of a company here that pays in cash let alone cheque. We all have our money direct deposited to the bank. In fact now a days you can get it deposited to up to three banks accounts, pay your rent or mortgage and be able to access the rest on the same day as it is paid in, which is usually the day the company pays it out. Beats the living daylights out of having to go to the bank to deposit.

Happy - ah the busy life of a worker these days. MMmmm I'd like to continue the life I have lived this week. Unfortunately I'd also like to get the money I got this week. Chase my tail, round and round and round we go. I meant I would probably come in the Northern Spring - always provided you are not flooding, freezing, or otherewise disastrous :rofl: Still can't second guess Mother Nature so it will happen when it happens. Pity the meals just don't come on command - ah well, that's the life of a working person.

Mel, enjoy that ride. Maybe you will need a surgical mask to miss the allergens. Might look silly but the Japanese do it and avoid the worst of the colds and flu so why not us. Maybe you need to put messages on the notice board about drinking water instead of tea and coffee and drinking lots of it. My nose has been snuffy all week and it has annoyed me at the gym, but at least I am getting there.

Suzi, I know the problems with hairdressers. I have one here. She is great, but I get really jumpy when for some reason or other she can't do the hair. Even if she keeps an eye on the person doing the hair. However I find Stefam's chain great. Not sure if you have them down there. They are not cheap, but I haven't had a bad hair day from any of the girls there. Mind you, when you go in and state that you have no talent with hair and that you'll be back to haunt them by parading outside the shop for a week if it isn't easy to manage then they get the message loud and clear. My hair is thick, strong and opinonated (it likes to dictate the terms) so they approach with caution. It also has natural curl and will stick up at the sides if cut wrong.

Neighbour across the road is getting some work done on his yard. Must go and have a sticky beak. See ya

Tig
07-07-2006, 10:21 PM
There's a typhoon headed towards The Thugs and their parents. The good news is that the buildings are made with typhoons in mind and they are hunkered down. Hope Carla is settled in, too, and ready for the storm!

Mel ~ we're all waiting for details.... tap...tap...tap... ahem.... :dancer:

I hope Suzi's all packed and ready for Florida!! Not much longer!! :dance:

Hello to all! :grouphug:

suzi in auz
07-08-2006, 02:06 AM
I’m sitting here feeling very pretty with a new do!

It’s so nice to have that feeling when you get out of the hairdressers!!! I found a good stylist....and they are only up the street very close to home. I have had a run of bad luck with hairdressers since coming to Sydney, everytime I find one they leave and then I have to start again. Today I found THE one. She listens and gabbed just enough without being annoying ( that sounds awful but sometimes they just talk too much!) My hair is just the way i wanted it and I am loving it. The price didn’t have me picking myself up from the floor either...very good all around. I have come to realise that it costs a small fortune to get my hair done but...it’s my one vice. Now I am all blonded up again and de frizzed! I have just the right amount of curl and bounce ...a happy camper.
My only problem is ...this cold! It’s come on with a vengence and I only hope I can shake it by Friday. I DON’T want to fly with a cold! Cold cold go away....I have tried all sorts. I think I need to cuddle up on the couch with vicks on my feet and a snuggly rug. Dinner is going to be organised by hubby....i just can’t stomach it. Lost my appetite and everything ...pooh!
I think a lemon drink is in order, must go as my head is heavy.
Suz

MELODY525
07-08-2006, 08:56 AM
I SEE THE LAMISIL ADVERT IS BACK! :tantrum:

Yesterday was a bit of a strain as an apartment is needed by next Friday and nothing was done. YIKES! Made some suggestions and the men stayed last night and were also here before I even got up!!!
I almost lost my temper but stayed calm. Shocked even me. I could see everyone stiffen up and realized they were waiting for the tantrum. I began laughing and took them back to the maint. room and we all spoke calmly. We talked about changes we'll be making in dealing with each other. It was all very civil and we left with smiles on for a happy weekend. I know they want it like this now but it was a tough road to get here....battle of the wills. Not with me but with the other "women" they have to take orders from when I am not around. I really hope this method lasts because the boys are human also and deserved to be treated better and not like 2nd class citizens. Just because they are dirty is no reason to treat them like yesterday's trash. But the "women" are the real culprits. All too many office divas.
I really felt sorry for my friend. She was getting hit on all sides. sigh. Needs to get tougher but with the right people. Whatever happened to the flies and sugar vs vinegar theory????? WTF I will say that if this abuse continues after this I am talking to the Lord of Housing himself! :encore: He will fix it for sure.
Anyway....sorry for the rant such as it is. It was a lovely day ourt and I went for a walk with the guys just to get them away from here before they began. We walked around the block! :rofl: When they got back they used the rear entrance and staircase to go past without notice:lol3:
I bought some veggies, salad stuff, yogurt, fruit and water. 2 cases of it. jen and Richie are here for a weekend alone. another grandma has the kiddies. So we are having a smoled pork butt with cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Not the healthiest of meats but...............:hun:



Suzi~ I was thinking of you last night. I need to make a choice between the Mall or getting my hair cut on Monday:rofl: there is only one bus so they can't pick me up after the cut and move me to the Mall:(
So glad you found a good stylist as they seem to be hard to come by nowadays. I would be excited too with the trip so close!!! :carrot:

Ceejay~ Off to Paragould!! :cheer: Have a good trip. Hope Aunt & Uncle are well and happy also. I have been taking the allegra with no success but it's not the "D" one. I can't take that one...heart palpitations and "head" problems:dizzy: Guess it's back to the Zyrtec:rofl:
glad you got the help with the mower. Happy Cutting!!

Happy~ I would love something like that door to door but there is always a catch isn't there!! :lol3: I just gave the leftover NS to a friends wife. she had the lapband surgery and is on a low cal diet. She was thrilled to get it all. I was sad at the losss of $$$$$ :rofl: any new froggies jumpinn in the pool???? I still giggle over that. I think you were very brave!! :faint: I never liked swimming with foreign objects...not even my ex DH! :rofl:

Holly~ Guess you have gone already....hope the R&R is refreshing and gets you some well deserved rest.

Tig~ Will send good thoughts the Thugs way for all of them. YIKES!! :yikes: :faint: I was watching the weather channel and saw a glimpse of the forecast. Mother Nature must be reall pissed off at something or someone....maybe Bush!!! :tantrum: :rofl: good luck. As a Mom I know you must be worried :hug:

:wave: Sending lots of :hug: and :love: to all the rest.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HOPE THE WEEKEND IS ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE! :moped:

MELODY525
07-08-2006, 09:04 AM
Questions & things to ponder in your spare time:rofl:

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Can you cry under water?



How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Why do you have to "put your two cents in"... but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?


How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

just things I think about
Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?
If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
If Wiley E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride; he sticks his head out the window?
Do you ever wonder why you gave me your e-mail address in the first place?

ceejay52
07-08-2006, 10:40 AM
have a good week end.

happy2bme
07-08-2006, 11:52 AM
:lol: Ha ha, good one Mel. Of course I read through every question and tried to answer it. One of the paper companies I worked for invented the octagonal pizza box that one of the pizza chains uses - it uses less material than a square box and keeps the pizza hotter while it's waiting to be gobbled up. The company I now work for invented the screw top that's on the cartons of juice and soft drinks. Thank goodness for that - can't tell you how many cartons I've torn to shreds trying to get them opened. And yes, the power of suggestion - I did sing the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle. :D

You are a good person to intervene at the building and get the boys focused on their mission and away from the divas. I have always been disgusted with people who try to lord it over others and treat them like they are lowly servants. Good think Mel is looking out for them. :hug: It's a shame you had to waste precious $$$ and give away all that program food. Smoked butt????? Gawd, I haven't had that in years and years and years. My mom would cook it in the pressure cooker and then roast it in the oven. It was one of my dad's favorite meals. Haven't seen any more froggies around, thank God. Have found a few cicadas though - but they just flop around and don't come near me. DH said he has found a mouse or two in the skimmer occasionally :yikes: I feel badly for you with the sinuses - seems like everything you try induces another bad effect of sorts so even the home cures won't work :(

Suzi, sorry to hear that you are sick right before your trip. I think that deserves some extra pampering just to get better. If your head is still clogged, be sure to take a decongestant just before you get on the plane - that inner ear pressure can get excruciating! How nice that your hair turned out just the way you wanted it. How often does THAT happen? Did you tell the stylist she can't leave? Ever. Never, never. :rofl:

Hi Tig, hope the family will be safe. I hear the typhoons are pretty strong out that way.

Sticky beak???? Threatening to parade in front of the shop??? :lol3: Still giggling over those Shad. :lol: Although I have baby fine, stick straight hair that only sticks up when I brush it in the winter and static electricity does it's thing, I have seen DH complain for years about not cutting the hair properly along the natural wave and the trials and tribulations of getting it to stay down. Good thing you look so cute in short hair. I have always envied people with thick hair as most short cuts are best suited to having more than 12 hairs on your head. :) One more week off and then it's back to work. Enjoy it.

Have a good time camping Holly. I love camping but it's way too hot and buggy to do it here. Once it cools off appropriately, then it gets rainy. It's a shame because we have so much camping stuff sitting in the shed. Which reminds me, I'll have to check it out as the shed is open in parts - hope the soft stuff like the tents and sleeping bags didn't get all musty and ruined.

Ceejay - I guess I'm lucky but I just can't seem to enjoy the food at Sonic down here. I've tried a few items and they just didn't appeal to me. Of course I have found other equally not so healthy substitutes :lol: Happy mower shopping. Stop by a farmers market on the way to Paragould and get some nice fresh fruits and veggies to tempt you less. That reminds me, we should stop at the market on our way to the mall this afternoon. I love farmers markets. :T :T :T

Well, I was supposed to get up early and go out and weed and feed the garden - I still have some basil that needs planting :o I overslept, DH woke me up at 9, I checked out things here and then as I was finishing up and getting ready to go outside the phone rang. I had to take care of some business from the homeowners association. Now it's almost 11am. DH is mowing the lawn and when finished, he's going to clean up and we have to head to the mall. He's having problems with his new glasses and I need a note from the doctor that I have bad eyes so they can justify getting me a bigger computer monitor at work. Can you believe it? It's not like I need this humongo wide screen monitor - the screen is only 2 inches bigger than the standard. And there are plenty of young folks with perfect vision who have 21 inch monitors (those are BIG honkers). They didn't have to justify a thing. I told my boss that all you have to do is look through my glasses. Then after you shove your eyes back in your head and uncross them, you'll have no doubt my vision is bad. It's not so much that as having the bifocals. I have to crank my neck at an unnatural angle to see through the bottom of the glasses for the close up portion. That compresses the discs in the neck resulting in a great deal of pain. But yes, I will get my doctor's note. Just hope they don't charge me for an office visit. :rolleyes:

So I guess the garden will wait until later this afternoon. I should have gotten up at 5am when I got up for a drink of water.

Hope you're feeling better by now Madcat.

What's Meadow up to at the minute? Looking for some new graphics? :comp:

I'd better get moving here. Hello to the rest of the chicks, have a fun Saturday.

Shad
07-08-2006, 06:15 PM
Got up late this morning, but hey who cares. I must have needed the sleep. Got through with a fiar amount of sorting, chucking and cleaning yesterday. The wardrobes are still to be done, but there is only one room for a complete turnout left (the worst I might add) This will get done today, since I want to start the painting etc., tomorrow. Of course all that swearing, yelling, excitement, stamping and profanity watching the football last night probably helped. No doubt the neighbours wondered what I was up to! DB2 did not arrive. I suspect he was at a pub or club somewhere pressing the buttons and watching the game at the same time. He thinks I can't work out what he is up to. But it is completely clear. It's just like reading a book. Silences equal bouts of gambling. Visits to the family in a morose mood equal losses. Check out the bank account and you will see the withdrawals. He can't even tell me that these were necessary withdrawals. When you see 3 or 4 w/drawals of $200.00 from the same place within a short amount of time you can't put it down to anything else, particularly if the w/drawal is from an ATM in a pub or club. These should be banned IHO. Enough rant. It's his problem and he choses how to deal with it. He knows he has it, he just refuses to do anything about it.
By the way, the All Blacks won. Yeeeehaaaaaa.

Sticky beak = peek. A kiwi version of the London Rhyming slang. Sometimes only called Sticky. They actually use quite a lot of rhyming slang over here and in NZ. Must be something to do with the Colonials and colonisation. Apples & oears, porky pies, meat pies, trouble & strife, rubbity dub, frog and toad. Funny how so many of them have to do with food. Now how many of those did you manage to answer? Sorry to hear that you and DH are both having eye problems. Hope they all get sorted soon. Of course you need a new monitor/ screen. They wear out and go fuzzy after a while and changing the resolution doesn't always help. Have you tried changing the resolution by the way? I know it helped Mel some time back.

Ceejay - have a good weekend, drive safely.

Mel - Good on you for sticking up for the boys. If plant maintenance comes to a halt, then everything else goes to **** in a hand cart. I would suggest you politely tell the divas that unless they want to unblock their own drains, fix up the heat or the air, mop up the flooding and repair the boiler or the elevators, then they might try being a little bit reasonable. Being a bit dirty actually means the boys have been working!!!!! My main mantra with the miners etc is that without plant maintenance, the machines will stop. That means no production, no income, no support. I don't care how good the accountant is, without income he has nothing to count!!! Likewise the office staff will have nothing to bill, pay or otherwise interfere with the 'workers' - it's be kind to the worker day. You may need the plumber before this day is over.
I laughed at the list of questions - yes I did sing ABC and Twinkle, twinkle. Yes they are the same tunes! And the answer to number three is the extra penny is going in tax - particularly if you live in Aus and are considered above the average income and/ or the welfare society - of which we have a great number of people who are actually not needy at all. Don't get me wrong. I endorse the welfare state, there are those who desperately need it, but there is an awful lot of cheats as well.

Am I getting a bit grumpy this morning???? I should be starring on Grumpy Old Women - don't know if any of you have seen that programme. It's a hoot. British women, most of whom are well known for one reason or another - if you want to know what happened to the stars of those wonderful old Brit sitcoms (like Linda Robson from Are You Being Served) have a decko at the Grumpy Old Women - oh and of course, Grumpy Old Men.

Suz - not long to go now. Glad the hair worked out. Hope the cold gets better for you. Lots of lemon and honey, lots of vicks vapourub and inhalers. Lot's of warm - clothes, fires, thick socks etc. I'll try to ring you before you go. Might even leave a message for Tig when you meet up with her! :D :D :D

Tig - thoughts going out to the Thugs and the folks - they seem to manage their typhoons quite well up there. It always surprises me because some of the buildings look so flimsy - especially the older style (like about 400 years old).
Is this our Carla you are talking about - is she expecting a storm? I think she has dropped off the face - she doesn't seem to be talking to us at all at the moment.
I'm sure you will enjoy visiting with Suzi, if she gets there. I know the reservations she had about driving down the wrong side of the road. I have had the same problems myself. It's instinctive.

Hope Holly is enjoying the break. I guess it will do her and the family good to have some down time.

Well better push on. Gym awaits. Then breakfast and the last of cleaning. Sooner rather than later. That will allow me to get a bit of kitty time in this afternoon - although why I bother I don't know. She just managed to leave bits of white fur all over my clean lounge room. Grrrrrrr - let me catch that crittur! Purring won't get her off this time.

MELODY525
07-09-2006, 08:07 AM
Shad~ Grumpy old women!! :rofl: I am still laughing. We could be the queens of night time tv!!! :queen: :queen:
Happy painting. Is it hard to paint with Sunday draped around your neck? I can just see sunday climbing up the ladder when you get to do the ceiling! :faint:
Sorry about the DB but he's a big boy now and you gave it your best shot to help him. Thank God my addiction is food.....it's not cheap but at least i am not spending my rent money! :yikes: Hang in there lil' Sis. i want you to know that I did not figure out ANY of those rhymes etc. :rofl: I am clueless in NJ! :dizzy:

Happy~ someday I might go for a larger screen. Hope you get yours soon. Silly they just cannot get one without the hoopla but then how would businesses run without all the red tape! :rofl: I always say that if everyone in the town would stop BSing, the whole town would come to a crashing halt! :lol3:

Ceejay~ Have a great weekend too.....let's make the best of the rest of it! lol

I have started to take the Vick's Dayquil OTC for sinus. It seems to be working better than the scripts and with as lot less side effects. Think I will stick with this remedy for awhile. Now I need to clear up the eye! It's suffering from too much TV & PC.....I can't win!! :faint: If you ever hear on the news about a woman trying to "fly" her wheelchair off the Cliffs of the Hudson, you'll know the reasons why:rofl:
The "boys" did a great job yesterday and worked over 8 hrs to get it done. Some final touches remain. Two of them said the office is jealous because they listen to me. I told them they better behave and listen to them even if they don't like the attitude. Their answer is "but you're one of us". I had no answer. My friend had better pick up the reins....they'll listen to her. More negotiating is needed on Monday either before I go to the Mall or when I return.
Now I must go and have brekkie and find something to do that does not involve or irritate eyes and sinuses:faint:
The only things that come to mind are sleeping and sex! :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:
HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE AND HAPPY MONDAY FOR THOSE JUST STARTING OUT THEIR NEW WEEK! :sunny:

MELODY525
07-09-2006, 08:08 AM
PS~ The post I made yesterday was an e-mail sent to me by Hotcupojava....I see I forgot to put that on the top of the post:dance:

suzi in auz
07-09-2006, 10:03 AM
You girls have been busy again. I am sitting here putting off my sleep as it's not really happening properly with the head cold. I am sure I was awake much more than asleep last night.
Loved reading the post with all the ???...thought they were so funny.
I vote for the hair MEL you will feel so much better for it. After getting mine done this time I wonder why i take so long in-between and then i remember ...$$$$
Shad...it sounds as if you are in full force with your cleaning and painting top to toe, now what happened to that holiday of yours?? I know if you are anything like me and DH we love to get stuff accomplished in the weekends as well, it sounds as if you deserved a morning off....i can't believe that you made it home in one bout. YOu must have really wanted to get home, it's such a LONG ride. I knew exactly what you meant by sticky beak...but them I guess I am "in the know". The All Blacks did well last night eh? I was very happy to see some clever moves there....not so clever too but a good win regardless....lots of room for improvement. I would love to hear from you before I go...and I will pass on anything you like to tig :) ...except my cold!

Hope all the girlies on holidays are having a lovely time.

Now only 5 more sleeps...tomorrow is getting some $$$ from the bank and then starting to pack, it's good because we are packing opposite seasons, hope I won't need a rain coat. I know it can be very storny this time of year.
Hopefully the weather Gods are shining down on me.
Happy....i love the smell of Basil. It really makes me feel as if summer has arrived. Enjoy the garden. I might just give mine a lst minute look tomorrow depending on the sniffles. I am a little worried about the nose on the plane, hopefully better by then, it was a weird cold this time, it went and then came back again!

Must fly as the night time "night and day" is beginning to kick in.
Happy Sundays...and Mondays
Suzi

teel
07-09-2006, 01:35 PM
:hug: hello to all
Well the weather finally broke here late on during the week and now it is very windy and we have had some showers. Today I was driving back from church 3 miles away and it rained but it hadn't rained at all at home...:rain:

I am ashamed. Very ashamed. I had an appointment with my psychiatrist on Thursday and got on his scales..all because he said "have you lost some weight?" so on I got and....:kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: I have put on all the weight I previously lost. ALL OF IT...ALL OF IT.
To say I am devastated is putting it mildly. So it's back to it. Here I am on day 3 :censored:
I am quite suprised really as I am still wearing last years summer trousers (all apart from my black pair) but I knew I had put on round the stomach and tummy area. Will I ever get this right?I wouldn't mind so much but it could, as you mostly know, be the very death or life of me as far as needing a heart transplant goes. Aaaaaaaargh. I cannot believe it!!!!!!!:mad: :mad: :kickcan: :kickcan:
OK thats enough ranting from me for one night.

The world cup final is about to start...Italy v France.hmmmmmmmn.I wonder....?

Only 3 weeks to go till my holiday to the New Forest. Should be lovely.

Spoke to LiNUS late last week. She is still struggling with post-natal depression and is still not decided on the using of anti-depressant medication. I know it is not the be all and end all but they can help with the physical symptoms. Her sister is also suffering with depression currently so I think they are muddling along together.

Ah well. Sorry not to speak to anyone in particular but dinner is calling!! Turkey escalope with rice and ratatouille. Fairly harmless I think.

Bye all. Take care.

Hollyhock
07-09-2006, 07:52 PM
R&R has been had. Long walks, swimming, sitting around a fire having a few cocktails,bike rides, more swimming,more walks, cooking on the fire, chit chatting.........................

Came home late this aft and cleaned a bunch. Everything was tidied on Friday. We are all bathed and ready for bed.Looking sunkissed and squeaky clean.

Shad
07-09-2006, 08:20 PM
Morning all,

Quick post as I am getting ready to go to lunch with DB1 and DSIL. We are going down to the Gold Coast. Might be fun. They like it down there. We will probably go to Pacific Fair and wander amid the shops and dine on the Rue Noumea - French style cafes and shop on the Boulevarde. I haven't been there for years - or at least not since Mooz49's daughter came to visit.

Went to dinner with DB2 yesterday. He seems to have received a bit of a shake up at work and is contemplating his future with the company. It seems that one of his co-workers got caught misappropriating funds (gambling problem) and the Sales Manager originally hushed it up and got counselling for the man - not only because he was nice, but because he couldn't afford to lose another driver, they were already one down. When the parent company (Coca Cola) found out, they immediately sacked the driver and reprimanded the Manager. The Manager has resigned. My DB has had a big fright - it could have been him. He tells me he faced up to a lot of truths that day and saw a bad fate in front of him. Let's just hope the fright lasts.

We had a Chinese dinner. I had a mixed entree and lamb sate and it was very nice and quite cheap but I notice there is no weight loss this morning despite a heavy workout and little food yesterday. Mind you there was no loss for the last 2 days even considering the exercise I've been doing. I guess patience is the key word but this weight sure does test the patience from time to time. I'll just keep journalling and weighing and exercising and hoping.

Clueless in New Jersey.

Apples & oears = stairs
porky pies = lies
meat pies = eyes or spies
trouble & strife = wife
rubbity dub = pub
frog and toad = road.

So now you will know what we are yakking about when you hear us say:
I'm off down the frog and toad to the rubbity. If the trouble and strife meat pies ya, porky for me willya?

Gotta go. Shower and shave time before the family arrive.

ceejay52
07-09-2006, 09:42 PM
I've been to the aunt and uncles yesterday and part of the day today. I found out yesterday that there are coyote's in their woods. Remind me not to go out there, even with their grandchildren, alone. Also was told that the National Wildlife Association released some cougars out by the other uncles farm.

I had stomach problems today but think the above is what caused it.

Mel--Tell Java to come back for a visit. I've not thought about DayQuil.

Shad-- Will you come to my house when you finish your cleaning?

Happy- I didn't have to stop by a farmer's market. My produce came from my uncles garden. I may stop tomorrow night and get some watermelon.

Holly--Must have been nice to get to get away from the house for a couple of day's.

Suzi--Hope you are feeling better. Don't want you to be sick on your vacation.

Think I'm going to change the sheets on the bed and go to bed. I'm still exhausted. Think I've had to many trips and not enough rest.

Hollyhock
07-10-2006, 01:23 PM
Challenging myself this week to 1/2 hour walk and no food after 7 pm every day!!!

Madcat
07-10-2006, 01:30 PM
Howdy! I’m back in more or less ok shape. The screaming uglies have passed just in time. I was away for the weekend at a Science Fiction convention and now it is back to reality. I finished reading the Dr. Gillian book (“You are what you eat”) and what she says makes a lot of sense – though much of it seems very complicated. I found myself a bit depressed reading. It has at least given me food for thought. I’m going to attempt to incorporate some of her larger ideas into my life – eating more veggies, modified food combining, avoiding sugar and other “naughties” – Right now going whole hog (pun intended) sounds a bit too much. I caught an episode of the show the book is based on last night (Thanks Meadow!). For anyone who has seen this show, is she always so obsessed with people’s love lives and their poo?? :yikes: :lol:

Holly~ Pity you have to travel so faaarrrrr to go camping. All the conveniences of home, within shouting distance of home! :lol: Hope you had a terrific campout.

Mel ~ Tell java we miss her turtle self. Congrats on keeping your head when those about you lose theirs. Good work. There is a difference between using sugar to influence people and just being a running honey! :lol: :lol:

Suzi ~ Congrats on the new ‘do. It is such a trial to find a good hairdresser and then have them wander off. It has happened to me too. I agree with the hairdressers should know when to be quiet. Nothing worse than being trapped in a chair with Chatzilla. Hope you feel better. Drinks lots of fluids!!

Happy~ Did you get your DR.’s note. Pity more companies don't automatically see the benefits of giving us equipment that will make our jobs more comfortable to do. Do they do not realize the money in health benefits and lost work days they could avoid having to pay out?

Howdy to everyone else I didn’t get to :hug: :wave: :wave: : Hope everyone is having a lovely (!!) Monday. I’m leaving here at 4 to go to the gym. No. Really.

Today’s thought I picked up from miscellaneous reading in the last few days: Aim to workout every single day – that way you will be sure to make it at least 3 or 4 days a week.

ceejay52
07-10-2006, 02:23 PM
Just in to say hello-

Today I'm challenging myself to stay with in 1600 calories and to burn 400 calories. The pedometer shows 1.8 miles walked today just at work. I'm going to try to ride the bike for at least 15 minutes when I get home and complete my weight routine before I go home.

Madcat--glad you are feeling better.

Happy--Did you survive the rain? It poured here.

Hello to all the rest :wave:

[quote] Bad habits are hard to break, but I'm trying.

suzi in auz
07-10-2006, 07:20 PM
:wave: A quick wave at SHAD..I might have missed you by now.
i hope the Gold Coast wasn't too scary :)
Your Dinner with DB2 sounded good. Yes sometimes this is what it takes a good wake up call to see where your life can take no matter what the problem, The good part is,everyone can change...it's not a disease just a really bad habit with nasty consequenes. I hope you are still enjoying your painting and rest of you break before you get back into the swing of things.

Holly so happy to hear you had a lovely time, that darn cleaning never does go away. I think i have a dish mop attched to my hand permanently. Good job on the new goal.

Ceejay you are doing so well with your exercise. i am hoping for lots of walking in DW. I need to get some into today. It's a beautiful day today and supposed to be a lovely 23 degrees. i hope it lives up to it.


Madcat...Ive seen that show is yes she is a little obsessed. I giggle when I watch her. She is brutal but it's a good wake up call. Some of the practises are a little extreme. i think if you bring it all into balance. A lot of the people she works with on the show are really way off. You only have to look at the pile of food on the table they eat in a week. it would make you sick. It's good to get a good kick up the drawers though.
oh teel, it's a such a shame when you hop on those scales, they can be scary, still onward and downward. You have done this once and you can do it again. I know it's a lifetime battle.
everyone...big waves. I am on the other page so just going by memory.

Well...I am like a girl in a candy shop. i am getting almost giddy at the thought of getting to DW. I have started packing and getting all the bits and pieces organised. It's so nice to put the summer clothes back into the suitcase. I am a little worried on what to wear on the plane as want to be comfortable but also don't want to be hot! I think i have some really comfortable jeans I will travel in. I must remember to pack extra knickers into the bag to be "fresh" :P
OK..I'm am off to look at my to do list and somewhere in there it will say exercise. I tried some of my shorts on yesterday and they were a little snug, i'm pretending they were very snug to start with ...ugg
Love to all
Suz

suzi in auz
07-10-2006, 07:23 PM
Holly i just noticed you changed your avatar...looks so cute

Hollyhock
07-10-2006, 11:08 PM
11:06 pm. Just finishing up some Avon work for the breakfast meeting tomorrow. It is that witching hour where i strap on a feed bag and munch..............
Going to bed instead. I am reading a popular author's romance novel. Weird yet somehow enjoyable. Went for something light and different.

happy2bme
07-11-2006, 12:03 AM
Hi all, this is going to be a short post for me (apologies for selfishly only talking to myself instead of you folks, but I HAVE to get to bed earlier tonight). Yesterday was sort of a blowout day. I had lots to do with the homeowners association business. It was one of those things, start something, get on to something else and then chuck up the hands and say I might as well finish it. So I spent all day - I mean all day as in 9am to 6pm in front of the computer. On a Sunday yet. And I still haven't started work on the newsletter and I'm debating about volunteering myself to update the cheesy free website they started a few years back. At the meeting last week I clenched my jaw and kept the lips zipped :sssh: :tape: :ziplip: when they were asking if anyone in the neighborhood knew anything about websites. All too often I volunteer without thinking and then curse myself for committing to things I don't have time for. In this case more than half of our neighborhood is not computer literate so I don't see that we'd get value out of all the time I'd have to put into this.

Spending all day yesterday meant I was behind on the grocery shopping and laundry. Cleaning bits I can do in spurts with a Fly Lady once over. I stopped at the store after work today and it was really good to be eating clean again. We had grilled salmon and swordfish (each a respective favorite), I had some asparagus, we both had some fresh crunchy veggies and a bit of grilled pineapple. I have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for lunch and dinner this week. Yum. Have to work on breaking that soda habit. It sneaks up on you and doesn't want to let go.

Speaking of which - here's a pic of one of the baby birds emerging from the Coca Cola condo. There were 4 birds in the nest, 2 died for some reason and the parents tossed their bodies down to the ground which seemed rather cruel. 2 babies made it out of the nest and clung to the bricks. DH left the garage door opened and they made their way into the garage. One wall is open brick latticework and the parents tried very hard to encourage the babies out. They spent the night hiding behind the tool box but were gone in the morning. Both of us searched the entire garage several times and we have to believe the parents got them out to freedom. I sort of hope they don't build again as this is getting somewhat traumatic.

Ok, I have just enough time to put the dishes in the dishwasher and get an extra hour's worth of sleep tonight. Goodnight and I'll catch up with you tomorrow.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/CocaColaCondo.jpg

MELODY525
07-11-2006, 07:44 AM
:wave: STILL HAVING A WEE BIT OF EYE TROUBLE. WILL RETURN SOON :love:

ceejay52
07-11-2006, 10:27 AM
According to the radar I'm expecting some more rain with in the next couple of hours.

Happy--The bird looks very content.

Mel--Hope your eyes are much better tomorrow.

Holly--I do lke the new avatar. Also like the idea of taking care of the body. Think that is the most important thing we could do.

hello to Shad and Suzi.

I didn't meet the 1600 calorie limit yesterday and I'm not off to a good start this morning. Got those chocolate cravings. The little voice inside my head says I should give myself more calories and exercise more. I'm also with Holly on not eating after 7 p.m. but when I don't get off from work till that time it's kinda hard. Think I'm going to start having veggies and salad's on the day's that I work instead of high fat and carbs. If I didn't have to man the phones during 5 p.m. til 7 p.m. I'd eat dinner at work. Therefore, I'm going to try and stay with in a 2500 calorie limit and burn 3500 calories per week.

Bad habits are hard to break.

Shad
07-11-2006, 08:15 PM
Suzi - it is getting close to time for you to go on your holiday. Bet you are all getting really excited - when is it?? Friday??? Will try to get in touch again before then, but I usually remember that I was going to do just that when I am up a ladder and covered in paint

Mel - so sorry to hear that the eyes are playing up again. Get better soon. I guess we will just have to talk rather that write :rofl:

Ceejay - Do you think a 2500 calorie limit may be a bit high?? I think I might try a little lower. 3500 calories burnt per week means at least one hour of strenuous cardio 7 times a week. That doesn't give you much rest and relaxation or body repair. According to the machines at the gym this morning, I burnt 517 calories with 15 minutes each bike and treadmill at level 9, 12 minutes ellipse at level 9 and 5 minutes on the rowing machine keeping an average of 2.27 minutes per 500metres. I'm just concerned that you won't be able to keep up the pace for 7 days.
The idea of Holly's not to eat after 7pm is a good one. I was reading somewhere on the threads about a lady who switches lunch and dinner sometimes and seems to burn off the calories better.

Happy - You gotta wonder if the neighbourhood website is a good idea if half the folk are not computer literate - although you may be able to give lessons and make yourself some holiday money. I think you are right in not volunteering at this time. Maybe you could say that you are website literate but that you can not devote the necessary time - go armed with facts and figures about how long everything takes. It's a shame as most neighbourhoods, here anyway don't have the same support structure and neighbourlyness they used too and therefore no one is worried if a strange van pulls up and empties the neighbours house!
The Coca Cola condo looks very comfy. It seems strange that the parents lay 4 eggs but only bring up two. Maybe you will have to intervene if you want the lot to live. It could be that there is not sufficient food for the survival of all four and this is Mother Natures way of curbing the population. Maybe she should try it on the human variety. I know of several I could happily live without.

Holly - nothing wrong with a light novel now and then. Heck there are times when we just want some down time and nothing too thought provoking, violent or frenetic. A nice gentle novel fits the bill.

Madcat - Dr Gillian is always obsessed - full stop. Yes she is really into the poo! bits and only occasionally with the love life unless it is a man, then she is right into the love life bits. I could never go whole hog with her - since whole hog generally seems to mean vegetarian in her case. However I think it is a right wake up call when you see the load of fat that people eat. No wonder there is so much dietary related disease around. The last one I saw had a woman who persisted in the biggest portions I have ever seen. Dr Gillian gave her the daily calorie count in Yorkshire puddings and gravy. What a sick making sight.

Okay, back to the sanding, sealing and painting in the lounge. I've been to gym just about everyday for the last ten and managed to let go of a massive 1.5kgs. This is going to be tough! I've also been keeping a food diary. I'm beginning to think the answer is too much bread and too little water although I am getting through near enough 1500ml of fluid per day on average. Time to go get on with it.